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Church World Service officials say the Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act, which President George W. Bush signed into law December 2, will bolster the humanitarian agency’s efforts to decrease global poverty, sickness and death by increasing access to safe water for poor people in developing countries. A longtime advocate for universal access to safe and affordable drinking water, Church World Service applauded the president for signing a bill the agency said “demonstrates that the United States takes seriously the idea that access to water should be contingent on need, not on the ability to pay.” CEO John L. McCullough of CWS said that the signing is critical to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. That campaign, endorsed by major ecumenical councils and agreed upon in 2000 by nearly 200 heads of state, seeks to reduce by half the number of people worldwide without clean water and adequate sanitation by the year 2015.


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