On Friday 29 January, The Crown Princess held a digital meeting with WaterAid Sweden.
During the digital meeting, Chairman of WaterAid Sweden Tobias Krantz and Secretary General Anna Nilsdotter spoke about WaterAid's work during the COVID-19 pandemic and the organisation's visions for the future.
The whole world has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the world's poorest nations are ill-prepared to control the spread of infection. In these countries almost half of all hospitals (45%) lack access to clean water, and three billion of the world's people are unable to wash their hands with clean water and soap.
WaterAid has worked for many years to bring access to clean water, toilets and better hygiene to more societies, hospitals and schools.
During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, WaterAid has worked with urgent initiatives such as information campaigns on the importance of good hand hygiene to reduce the spread of infection. The organisation has also set up hand-washing facilities with soap and water in particularly vulnerable areas, at healthcare facilities and in places where many people pass through, and has worked in partnership with governments and authorities.
WaterAid is an international independent organisation that works to improve access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene in the world's poorest societies.
HRH The Crown Princess has been patron of WaterAid since 2011. In her role as patron, The Crown Princess has taken part in various events arranged by the organisation.
In January 2016, the then UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed the Crown Princess as one of 17 advocates for the work involved with the UN's sustainable development goals. The advocates' task is to promote the UN's sustainable development goals – Agenda 2030 – in various ways. Since 2019, The Crown Princess has been part of the alumni group.
As an alumnus, The Crown Princess will continue to focus in particular on work relating to the sea and fishing.
Find out more about the global goals and Agenda 2030 at the UN's website.