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At the 1st Asia-Pacific Water Summit, held in Beppu, Japan, on 3-4th December 2007,  ten Heads of State and Government, 31 Ministers, and representatives from over 36 Asia-Pacific countries and regions endorsed  unanimously the  “Message from Beppu” which  supports the right to water:
“We, the leaders of the Asia-Pacific, do hereby agree to:

- Recognise the people s right to safe drinking water and basic sanitation as a basic human right and a fundamental aspect of human security;
- Reduce by half the number of people who do not have access to safe drinking water by 2015 and aim to reduce that number to zero by 2025;
- Reduce by half number of people who do not have access to basic sanitation in our region by 2015 and aim to reduce that number to zero by 2025, through the adoption of new and innovative sanitation systems that are not as water reliant as current methods;
-Accord the highest priority to water and sanitation in our economic and development plans and agendas and to increase substantially our allocation of resources to the water and sanitation sectors,”

(Armenia, Australia, Republic of Azerbaijan, Kingdom of Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam,Kingdom of Cambodia, People's Republic of China, Cook Islands, Republic of the Fiji Islands, Japan, India, Republic of Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Republic of Kazakhstan, Republic of Kiribati, Republic of Korea, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Mongolia, Union of Myanma, Republic of Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Niue, Republic of Palau, Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Philippines,Independent State of Samoa, Republic of Singapore, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Republic of Tajikistan, Kingdom of Thailand,Tuvalu, Republic of Uzbekistan)

Contact information Henri Smets (email:
News type Inbrief
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Keyword(s) right to water
Geographical coverage Asia Pacific
News date 03/01/2008
Working language(s) ENGLISH