AMMAN: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has appointed Prince Hassan Bin Talal, an uncle of King Abdullah II, as chairman of his advisory board on water and sanitation.
Established in 2004, the UN secretary general’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation advises the secretary general and rallies action by governments and international organisations to promote water issues.
In a statement issued at the UN headquarters, Ban lauded Prince Hassan’s “leadership in championing global causes and in supporting intercultural dialogue.”
Citing Prince Hassan’s initiatives, the statement noted that that he launched the International Cultures Foundation in 2002, the Partners in Humanity Dialogue in 2003 and the Parliament of Cultures in 2004. He has served as chairman of the Policy Advisory Commission for the World Intellectual Property Organisation and as a member of the Board of the South Centre.
“Water management is an issue of central importance to Jordan,” which is among the top 10 world countries in terms of water shortage, said Ban.
Ban asserted that the international community, governments and the private sector should speed up efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goal to halve the number of people without safe access to drinking water and sanitation by 2015.
The secretary general stated that 2.5 billion people around the world still lack access to proper sanitation and 768 million do not have access to improved sources of water.