Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation Water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of people, an alarming figure that is projected to rise as temperatures do. Although 2.1 billion people have improved water sanitation since 1990, dwindling drinking water supplies are affecting every continent.
The UN explains: "Clean water is a basic human need, and one that should be easily accessible to all. There is sufficient fresh water on the planet to achieve this. However, due to poor infrastructure, investment and planning, every year millions of people — most of them children — die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene."
Sanitation is an even bigger problem than lack of water - with 2.5 billion people worldwide suffering from lack of a good enough toilet or latrine. Getting hold of clean water isn’t good enough if the water is being made dirty because there are no toilets, and toilets aren’t good enough if there is no hygiene promotion to get whole ...
Girls are the hardest hit by lack of clean water and sanitation for a few reasons. When schools lack functional toilets or latrines, girls often drop out because of the stigma associated with periods. Also, when families don’t have enough water, girls are generally forced to travel hours to gather some, leaving little time for school.
In 2010, the UN General Assembly recognized access to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right, and called for international efforts to help countries to provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking water and sanitation.
CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION 6 I. SUMMARY Asia and the Pacific has only 36 percent of the world’s water resources, its per capita water availability is the lowest in the world. More than 80 per cent of the wastewater generated in the region’s developing countries
Billions of people around the world lack access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). Handwashing has the ability to save lives and stop deadly viruses, but vulnerable people around the world are without clean water and soap to protect themselves. Without these basic resources, communities are not only more susceptible to disease and malnutrition, but women spend time collecting water ...
care, clean water and proper sanitation and basic education – governments are violat-ing the human rights of their citizens. The report begins by outlining the human cost: the lives lost, children out of school, the millions undernourished, and the billions without safe water and sanitation because they lack basic social services.
Access to clean water and sanitation for all must be achieved by 2030. You can join us and take action on this issue here . When a young girl or woman spends most of her day collecting water for her family or looking for a place to use the bathroom, she can’t fit much else into her schedule.
The UN explains: "Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers responsible for child and maternal mortality.. Major progress has also been made on increasing access to clean water and sanitation, reducing malaria, tuberculosis, polio and the spread of HIV/AIDS.