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Main quotes during the first day of the GWC 2019 meeting in Geneva

“The humanitarian system still operates according to a standard set of activities, structures and procedures. However, in the last three years there has been an increase in non-standard emergencies: in urban contexts, in middle- and high income countries, in response to new and unexpected crises. We have to be innovative, to think out of the box and we except this meeting to give positive and concrete responses to each participants. “ Dominique Porteaud, GWC coordinator. 

"In protracted conflicts, children younger than 15 are, on average, are almost three times more likely to die from diarrhoeal disease linked to unsafe water and sanitation than violence directly linked to conflict and war. For younger children, the situation is worse: in protracted conflicts, children under five years old are more than 20 times more likely to die from diarrhoeal diseases linked to unsafe water and sanitation than from direct violence." Meritxell Relano, Deputy Emergency Directors

"New challenges require new ideas and identities. We need the voice and brain of the youth, women and local partners for a rebirth of the WASH sector. You are not alone, you have friends and Switzerland, country of neutrality, is very proud to welcome you to its soil to contribute to promote more peace in the world through safe water and respect of dignity." Marc-André Bünzli SDC Head of WASH Group.

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