Lack of Sanitation- “The World Needs More Than One Solution”

The United Nations World Health Organisation (UNWHO) continued for the second session with a steady pace. To begin, the delegate of Egypt introduced the issue of the lack of sanitation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region by raising a motion for a moderated caucus.

The delegation of Libya talked about how water scarcity within the nation is having adverse effects on the health of the population. The delegation of Yemen informed the committee about the high number of deaths due to diarrhoeal diseases. The delegate of Japan and the delegate of Afghanistan pointed fingers towards Israel where the constant wars and religious racism leads to the government focusing more upon the conflicts, rather than sanitation.

Some delegates talked about the various solutions that worked for their respective nations. The delegate of Oman mentioned that 7 billion dollars were invested by the government in sewage and wastewater treatment plants. Subsequently, the German delegate requested the developed nations to fund those in the MENA region. The delegate of Libya stated that the MENA region “needs more than one solution”.

With the end of another moderated caucus, the Israeli delegation raised the motion for a moderated caucus about the problems faced during the implementation of Water Sanitation and Hygiene. “Around 30 million children have suffered due to the lack of clean water access,” said the delegate.

The committee seemed to come to a halt when other delegates had no other points to add. This is when the Executive Board decided to take a session on how the delegates could improve their research, and with that came the end of the second session of the World Health Organisation.

Reporter: Ria Sejwal

Editor: Aryan Sharma