India, UN sign declaration on sanitation
New Delhi: The Centre’s national “Swachhata Hi Seva” movement concluded on Tuesday, marking Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. The conclusion was timed with the completion of a four-day “Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention” and adoption of the “Delhi Declaration” embodying world community’s pledge to sanitation.
The declaration was signed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at the convention held at Rashtrapati Bhavan which was attended by 160 international representatives, including Sanitation Ministers from 67 countries.
Today’s event was celebrated as “Swachh Bharat Diwas-2018”. The declaration has four ‘Ps’ as guiding principle to global community’s drive towards sanitation of which eradication of open defecation is substantive part. The Ps are: political leadership, people’s participation, public funding and partnership.