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Lao experts discuss water issues with int'l counterparts

Laos will continue to serve as a catalyst in creating a culture of water, sanitation and hygiene in all households and communities including schools and health care facilities.

Speaking at the Korea International Water Week 2017 and the first Asia International Water Week in the Republic of Korea, Deputy Minister of Health, Associate Prof. Dr Phouthone Muongpak, said recently that as everyone is aware, water, sanitation and hygiene has become a global, regional and national concern.

Deputy Minister of Health, Associate Prof. Dr Phouthone Muongpak, speaks in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea.

“But in Laos many people still rely on unimproved sources of drinking water, almost a quarter of which rely on untreated surface water, and most people still lack access to improved sanitation and practice open defecation,” he said.

Dr Phouthone believes that all countries should work closely to improve water, sanitation and hygiene and contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Laos is satisfied with the Water Leaders' Message for Action 2017. “Laos is committed to work with all countries to ensure that our people are healthy, living in harmony in a safe environment and can achieve Goal 6 of the SDGs by 2030,” said Dr Phouthone.

The objective of the meeting is to integrate policies with action towards achieving water development cooperation for sustainable development.

The Lao delegates discussed water, latrines and hygiene issues with other participants from the Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Africa, a Japanese university, the World Toilet Organisation, World Water Council, and Korea's Oxfam.


By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
September 27,

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