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In March 2013, on behalf of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, I launched a Call to Action on Sanitation. In particular, I called for an end to open defecation by 2025 because despite the considerable progress that has been made towards achieving the Millennium Goals, sanitation is one area where we still have considerable “unfinished business” to address. 1 billion people all over the world still practice open defecation with devastating consequences for their health, education, security, environment and – especially in the case of children- even for their lives.

I invite you to join this global campaign on sanitation because it is time to talk openly about open defecation so together we can bring it to an end.

Jan Eliasson
United Nations Deputy Secretary-General

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