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UN chief lauds sanitation drive

The United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has lauded the Prime Minister for his strong leadership with regard to sanitation and assured all help to India from the UN system in the matter.

Addressing the concluding session of the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention which marked the launch of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Guterres said elimination of open defecation is central to sanitation. The convention is part of the Union government’s ‘Swachhata hi Seva hai’ programme, that kicked off on September 15.

Guterres lauded India’s role towards sanitation in direction of achieving Sustainable Development Goal set out to be achieved by 2030. Narendra Modi and Mr. Guterres signed the Delhi Declaration which embodies pledge of the world community towards sanitation. The result of the survey on sanitation (2018) was announced at the convention and Haryana was awarded the first prize as it emerged the overall first state.

Addressing the convention, Modi lauded the Mahatma for his commitment to cleanliness. He said the Swachh Bharat Mission, launched four years ago, had become a people’s movement.