Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation

There are still 780 million people without access to an improved drinking water source. And even though 1.8 billion people have gained access to improved sanitation since 1990, the world remains off track for the sanitation target. It is essential to accelerate progress in the remaining time before the MDG deadline, and I commend those who are participating in the Sustainable Sanitation: Five Year Drive to 2015. This report outlines the challenges that remain. Some regions, particularly sub- Saharan Africa, are lagging behind. Many rural dwellers and the poor often miss out on improvements to drinking water and sanitation. And the burden of poor water supply falls most heavily on girls and women. Reducing these disparities must be a priority.

UNICEF ; WHO (2012): Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation. Update 2012. New York/Geneva: United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)/World Health Organisation (WHO) URL [Accessed: 19.04.2012]