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International Decade for Action 'Water for Life', 2005 - 2015

Water for Life logoAs the International Decade for Action 'Water for Life', 2005 - 2015 begins, the United Nations and Governments are seeking to galvanise efforts to meet the internationally agreed targets of halving the number of people without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015. Ministers and government delegates will meet in April 2005 in New York to take policy decisions on practical measures and options to accelerate progress toward these and other water-related goals at the Commission for Sustainable Developmentā€™s 13th session.

The United Nations International Decade for Action 'Water for Life', 2005 - 2015, launched on World Water Day (22 March 2005), calls upon the international community to strengthen efforts to increase access to water and sanitation for all. The decision to establish this Decade was made by the General Assembly during its 58th annual session (A/RES/58/217). This is the second international decade on water-related issues under the auspices of the United Nations. The first, the International Decade on Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation, was held from 1981 to 1990.

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