The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill is holding its annual Water and Health Conference from October 29–November 1, 2018. This week Simavi will attend the UNC Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meet Policy. The UNC Water Institute’s annual event has grown to become one of the most important gatherings in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector held in the United States.
What appears as a tropical paradise to the eye, soon reveals itself as a place with one of Africa’s most worrying health conditions. Young girls are easily persuaded into unsafe sex what causes high numbers of HIV infections as well as unprecedented numbers of unintended (teen) pregnancies.
“People in our village think of girls as burden” says Sriti Kumari, 15 years old, from Deoghar, Jharkand, India. In Deoghar, the rate of child marriage is 52,7%. Our partner NEEDS is trying to Stop child marriage through the empowerment of adolescent girls, like Sriti.
Anniversaries tend to be moments of remembrance and/or celebration. And on the third anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it seems like we should all take a moment to remember the commitments made, as opposed to purely celebrating them.
Last month, I was in New York to represent Simavi at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) at the United Nationals (UN) Headquarters. The HLPF is an annual meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York where Ministers, delegates, UN representatives, (i)NGOs, researchers and other stakeholders come together to review the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It was my first time attending a high level event like this at the UN HQ. Together with my colleagues I flew to New York with the task to promote menstrual health at the HLPF.
This week Simavi will attend the attend the High Political forum of the United Nations. The high-level political forum on sustainable development will meet from Monday, 9 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018. 2018 HLPF reviews the implementation of SDG 6 – Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. The 2030 Sustainable Agenda is universal and transformative for all Member States. It aims to end poverty in all its forms and “shift the world on to a sustainable and resilient path”.
While it would be easy to simply report the positive results, taking a deeper look into the circumstances in which our local partners are working helps one to understand the urgency of the projects and appreciate the outstanding results they have achieved.