Margaret Chan addressed the human dimension of the water challenge
Margaret Chan, Director General, World Health Organization, addressed the human dimension of the water challenge. Noting progress made on reducing childhood deaths associated with poor water and sanitation, she also identified weaknesses in the MDGs that need addressing when setting future SDGs. She said these include, inter alia, that current goals only deal with household access to water and sanitation, and there is no indicator for monitoring microbiological or chemical quality. On a future sanitation and hygiene agenda, she urged frank discussion on open defecation and handwashing post-defecation, explaining progress will not happen without it.