Water as an engine for development. Water is the key to socio-economic development and quality of life, and therefore an essential factor to be properly linked to other development factors. Water was also one of the five priority issues at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. Reaching the Millennium Declaration's ambitions to halve, by 2015, the number of people suffering from poverty, hunger and ill-health cannot be accomplished unless water and sanitation services are organized in a manner that effectively improves livelihood security, including food security.

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