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Water, sanitation, and hygiene should be essential elements of Canada’s international development framework

By Nicole Hurtubise      

The sixth Sustainable Development Goal on clean water and sanitation is the catalyst for the successful realization of many of the other 16 goals. The truth is, they all go hand in hand. Failing on water and sanitation also means failing on gender equality, quality education, good health, resilient infrastructure, economic growth, and the list goes on.

A growing number of countries are confronting water scarcity, which affects more than 2 billion people worldwide, according to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Photograph courtesy of United Nations Tanzania

Water is arguably Canada’s most precious natural asset, and is central to our identity as a nation in the world. One could reason that no other natural resource is both so valuable and so taken for granted. While so many of us may take the resource as a given, hundreds of millions of people around the world are deprived of this basic human right. Last year, the United Nations adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The sixth goal

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