According to recent reports, Commissioner Piebalgs will share the results of the European Water Initiative at the World Water Forum in Marseille next week. This event comes at the same time as the international community can celebrate that the Millennium Development Goal on sustainable access to drinking water has been achieved, five years before the deadline of 2015. However, the remaining Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) especially sanitation, remain off-track and the EU will intensify its efforts to achieve the goals on time.
The EU funded Initiative is an international policy partnership that has helped to improve access to water across the world and to put water at the heart of development policies. Overall, European action has already helped more than 32 million people to gain access to improved water supply and 9 million to sanitation facilities. Building on the achievements of the EU Water Initiative the EU will continue to support international cooperation and to promote innovative approaches reinforcing the link between water and other sectors such as agriculture and energy.
Source: European Commission