United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Group of 77 and China

STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE GROUP OF 77 AND CHINA BY MS.
VALERIA VILASECA CHUMACERO, MINISTER COUNSELLOR IN THE
PERMANENT MISSION OF THE PLURINATIONAL STATE OF BOLIVIA TO
THE UNITED NATIONS, AT THE 11TH SESSION OF THE OPEN
WORKING GROUP ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGS),
ON THE ISSUES OF GENDER EQUALITY, AND WATER AND
SANITATION (New York, 6 May 2014)
Co-Chairs,
1. I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the Group of 77 and China on the issues
of Gender Equality, and Water and Sanitation.
2. We continue to strongly believe that gender equality and women empowerment is one of the
most relevant challenges that we must meaningfully address as part of the SDGs, not only as a
stand-alone goal but also as cross-cutting issue to ensure an effective success.
3. As we mentioned in our previous statements, we would like to recall that Rio +20 recognized
that persistent social, economic and political inequalities prevent the realization of potential of
women to benefit from sustainable development as leaders and change agents.
4. In this context, the Group re affirms its position on eliminating all forms of gender based
violence, ensuring equitable distribution access and ownership of productive resources and
opportunity; promoting equal opportunities in decision making in private, public and commercial
life; and equal access to basic services for women and girls.
5. The group of 77 and China believes that education is one of the most relevant issues for the
international community, therefore we support the equal access to education at all levels, including
a commitment to universal and free education, life-long learning opportunities as well as ensure
equal opportunities for participation and leadership of women in decision-making in public and
private institutions.
6. Once again the Group would like to recall that improving and promoting easy access to water
and sanitation production, irrigation and hydro-energy production will lead to tremendous progress
in the eradication of poverty and food insecurity, in the context of formulating the SDGs. The Group
of 77 concurs with the view that considerations must be given to equitable and universal access to
safe drinking water, while addressing the balance between water supply and demand, including,
where appropriate, non-conventional water resources, sanitation and hygiene, while ground and
surface water should be developed and managed sustainably in an integrated manner to satisfy
human needs while respecting the fragilities of our ecosystem and its limitations, and to implement
integrated water resource management on national and basin levels. Also, in order to provide
access to water, all states benefiting need to contribute to the costs involved in water infrastructure
and maintenance.
7. For Means of implementation the Group believes that is important to support efforts in
developing countries related to water and sanitation activities and programmes, through provision
of financial resources, capacity-building and technology transfer.
I thank you.
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