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Kevin Rudd joins Sanitation and Water for All partnership as Chair

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has been appointed Chair of Sanitation and Water for All (SWA), the global multi-stakeholder organisation working to catalyse political leadership in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector. The International WaterCentre (IWC) is a research and learning partner of the SWA.

SWA is a global partnership of over 90 country governments, external support agencies, civil society organisations and other development partners working together to catalyse political leadership and action, improve accountability and use scarce resources more effectively in the WASH sector. Partners work towards a common vision of universal access to safe water and adequate sanitation.

“I am proud to welcome such an experienced statesman as Kevin Rudd to chair Sanitation and Water for All,” said predecessor H.E. Hon. John A. Kufuor, former President of Ghana who led SWA since its establishment in 2010. “Mr. Rudd brings extensive expertise in the global political scene and the convening power that goes with it. He has development in his heart, and will know how to support countries and all our partners as we move into the era of the Sustainable Development Goals. I believe he will become a crucial ally towards achieving SWA’s vision of sanitation, water and hygiene for all, always and everywhere.”

Kevin Rudd joins the SWA after a distinguished political career in Australia, where he was Minister of Foreign Affairs (2010-2012) and twice Prime Minister (2007-2010 and 2013).

“Sanitation, water and hygiene are basic human rights,” said Mr. Rudd. “As Foreign Affairs Minister I commissioned a review to determine what areas of aid spending were most beneficial, and it became clear that investments in water and sanitation make a real difference to people’s lives and also present a significant opportunity for economic growth. Every day, a lack of clean water and sanitation contributes to the death of 1,000 children under five. Through SWA we have the opportunity to change that, as well as help address countless other health and societal challenges in some of the world’s communities most in need.”

For more information, visit the SWA website.


Published 13 November 2015.


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