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Stockholm (AFP) Aug 26, 2011
Leaders attending an upcoming UN development conference should commit to achieving universal access to clean drinking water by 2030, environmental groups said Friday.
International leaders are set to meet in Brazil next June for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable development and seven leading environmental groups said water-access must be high on the agenda.
In a "Stockholm Statement" issued in the Swedish capital, the activists called on world leaders to commit to achieving "universal provisioning of safe drinking water, adequate sanitation and modern energy services by the year 2030".
The coalition, which includes both international and Swedish groups, urged a 20 percent decrease in worldwide water pollution, more efficient water use in the agriculture and energy sectors, and increased reuse of water resources.
"The Rio+20 Summit is a great opportunity to review how water, energy and food are perceived and managed by the human society," UN-Water chief Adeel Zafar said at the close of the Stockholm conference.
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Copenhagen tap water safe again after E.coli scare: city
Copenhagen (AFP) Aug 25, 2011
After nearly a week of boiling their tap water amid an E.coli scare, thousands of Copenhagen residents have been given the green light by city officials to resume normal use. "This is the good news of the day. I am happy to say that everyone in the city now has access to clean drinking water," Lord Mayor Frank Jensen said in a statement late Wednesday. Copenhagen Energy, which provides d ... read more
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