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21 March 2021

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Volkan Bozkir (General Assembly President) on World Water Day 2021

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21 Mar 2021

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00:01:51

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English

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Video message by Volkan Bozkir, President of 75th Session of the General Assembly, on World Water Day 2021. A year ago, as the world began to shut its doors to the global pandemic, one of the messages we heard most was that we must wash our
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Video message by Volkan Bozkir, President of 75th Session of the General Assembly, on World Water Day 2021. A year ago, as the world began to shut its doors to the global pandemic, one of the messages we heard most was that we must wash our hands. We were told that this could help stop the spread of COVID-19. But what of the 3 billion people who still lack access to basic handwashing facilities? What of the healthcare facilities without running water? Sadly, for many around the world, they have had to face the pandemic without access to even these basic, human needs. We cannot change what has happened, but we can learn from it. I am proud to say that today, on World Water Day, the UN General Assembly will wrap up a high-level meeting, on water and the Sustainable Development Goals. We will hear about those who continue to lack access to water; who do not have proper sanitation; who spend countless hours trekking to water sources. And we will hear of the encouraging and innovative initiatives underway by the UN System and by civil society groups to help address these problems. This gives me hope. My friends, we have so much more to do; this problem will not be solved by a meeting – but it also will not be solved by silence. By talking, by raising the issue and learning from each other, we can continue to work together to truly achieve clean water and sanitation for all.
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