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People Blueprint for Post-2015 In a briefing to the 193-Member Assembly in December last year, the UN chief presented his synthesis report, alongside the President of Ban Ki-moon, the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Sam Kutesa. The report is to set the stage for agreement on the new framework at a September 2015 summit. “[We] have an historic opportunity and duty to act, boldly, vigorously and expeditiously, to turn reality into a life of dignity for all, leaving no one behind,” said the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, on 4 December as he presented his synthesis report The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet. The SecretaryGeneral also welcomed the outcome produced by the Open Working Group, saying its 17 proposed sustainable development goals and 169 associated targets clearly expressed an agenda aiming at ending poverty, achieving shared prosperity, protecting the planet and leaving no one behind. Water is proposed as the sixth goal of seventeen. Kaberuka receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Forbes Africa The President of the African Development Bank Group, Donald Kaberuka, received the Donald Kaberuka, Forbes Africa Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday, December 4 during the magazine’s 4th Annual Person of the Year Awards ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya. In a statement delivered on his behalf by Gabriel Negatu, Director of the AfDB’s East Africa Regional Resource Centre, Kaberuka expressed his appreciation for the award, which he dedicated to the 2,000 Bank staff, whom he said, “it is my privilege to lead. “Anything I have achieved in my ten year stint at the helm of this great Bank has been achieved with their unfailing support, skill and dedication.” Kaberuka saluted the leaders present at the evening’s awards, and called on them and others to carry the torch: “As I look back on my time in the service of Africa at the African Development Bank. I know we are winning, but we have not won yet. “Leadership will take us to the goal, and I salute the many of you tonight who are leaders. Your followers constitute the youngest and most dynamic population in the world. Africa has shown that it is a place of immense opportunity for its young people.” 34 Africa Water, Sanitation & Hygiene • January - February 2015 Who will be the next USAID administrator? Who will lead U.S. foreign aid and humanitarian relief programs? When Rajiv Shah steps down as administrator Rajiv Shah of the U.S. Agency for International Development early February 2015, someone will take over leadership of the U.S. government’s $20 billion foreign assistance portfolio. But who? In the short term, we know the answer. Current Deputy Administrator Alfonso Lenhardt will step in as acting administrator when Shah vacates his position, and it is possible Lenhardt will ride out the remaining two years of the Obama administration in that role. It took almost a year to nominate and confirm Shah, after the administration vetted and considered other candidates, including health luminary Paul Farmer, who eventua B