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Universal sanitation in Pacific island nations may be difficult to achieve

Universal sanitation in Pacific island nations may be difficult to achieve

Updated 9 September 2014, 11:05 AEST

When it comes to supplying safe drinking water and providing basic sanitation to their people, the Pacific islands are going backwards.

Delegates at the Small Island Developing States conference in Samoa have been hearing that although all countries have made progress towards achieving their millenium development goals, their achievements are being undermined by population growth.

And now there are new targets being proposed calling for universal access to water and sanitation across the region by 2030.

So what are the prospects and what deals have been done in Apia that could make those targets more manageable?

Rhonda Robinson is deputy director of the Water and Sanitation Programme at SPC, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. She says universal sanitation in Pacific island nations will be difficult to achieve.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Rhonda Robinson, deputy director of the Water and Sanitation Programme, Secretariat of the Pacific Community

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