INTRODUCTION: The United Nations Water Decade which was launched by the General Assembly last November has for its lofty aim clean water and adequate sanitation for all Third World people by 1990.
SV INTERIOR Mr. Zaude Gabre-Madhine representative of UNDP speaking at conference.
SV People listening to speech.
SV Madhine speaking as delegates listen (2 SHOTS)
SV Mr. Yao Amefia Cabinet Director of Ministry of Public Works, Energy and Water Resources speaking and delegates listen. (4 SHOTS)
SV Delegates applaud.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The United Nations Water Decade which was launched by the General Assembly last November has for its lofty aim clean water and adequate sanitation for all Third World people by 1990. One country with a severe water shortage in its coastal area is Togo in West Africa. On Monday (31 March) a week-long seminar opened in Lome to discuss ways of speeding up the planning and co-ordination of projects in Togo to meet the U.N.'s development schemes.
SYNOPSIS: The resident representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Zaude Gabre-Madhine addressed the opening session, stressing the importance of clean water. Some disturbing statistics emerged from the U.N. report last November. Every day about 30,000 people in the developing world - half of them children - die of water-related diseases. Three out of every five people in developing nations lack adequate clean water, and three in four do not have even rudimentary bucket latrines.
Yao Amefia, Cabinet Director for the Ministry of Public Works, Energy, and Water Resources called for the creation of a separate ministry for Water Resources. This, he said, could centralise all projects under one department and lead to better technical planning for the large undertaking.