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Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan used the observance of World Water Day in 2004 to announce the establishment of an Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, to galvanize global action on these issues as part of international efforts to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development.

Former Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto of Japan serves as Chair of the Board, which includes a wide range of eminent persons, technical experts, and other individuals with proven experience in inspiring people, moving the machinery of government, and working with the media, the private sector and civil society. The Board will be using the unique expertise of its members to raise awareness of water and sanitation issues, to help mobilize funds for water and sanitation projects, and to encourage new partnerships.