Kufuor appointment good for water & sanitation challenges, particularly in Africa

Green Cross welcomes the appointment of former Ghanaian president, John Agyekum Kufuor, to being the first high-level Chair of the Sanitation and Water for All Partnership.

President Kufour has displayed to Ghana, Africa and the world how strong, honest leadership and politics can improve government, mend differences and provide hope for current and future generations,” says Alexander Likhotal, President of Green Cross International. “These same traits will ensure the crises that billions of people face in access to sanitation and water are taken even more seriously on the international level.”

About one in eight people worldwide – 894 million people – do not have access to safe-drinking water, and 2,6 billion lack basic sanitation services. Almost two million people die every year from diarrhoea, 90% of them being children under the age of five.

Green Cross Ghana President Mubarick Masawudu says: “President Kufuor has a very good reputation in promoting democracy and development in Ghana and elsewhere in Africa. In his new role with the Sanitation and Water for All partnership, he can be a strong, influential voice able to motivate African leaders to have the political will to ensure that Millennium Development Goals related to the Water and Sanitation sectors are realised.”

“Also, his image could increase interest among State and private institutions alike to increase their support for the sector. President Kufour has the potential of being a very good mediator in conflicts arising from the use of water resources. His role could be vital in relation to ratification of the UN Watercourses Convention, which can put in place measures to manage rivers and other water resources shared by multiple countries.”

Sanitation and Water for All is a global partnership between developing countries, donors, multi-lateral agencies, civil society and other development partners working together to achieve universal and sustainable access to sanitation and drinking water.

Green Cross International, founded by Mikhail Gorbachev, is an independent non-profit and nongovernmental organization working to address the inter-connected global challenges of security, poverty eradication and environmental degradation through a combination of high-level advocacy and local projects. GCI is headquartered in Geneva and has a growing network of national organisations in over 30 countries.

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