This is the key message in a report issued today by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), ‘Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation, 2012 Update’. The report reveals that, at the end of 2010, 89 per cent of the world’s population used improved drinking water sources, meeting the target. By 2015, an estimated 92 per cent of the global population will have access to improved drinking water.
“Today, we recognize a great achievement for the people of the world,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “This is one of the first MDG targets to be met. The successful efforts to provide greater access to drinking water are a testament to all who see the MDGs not as a dream but as a vital tool for improving the lives of millions of the poorest people.”
“For children this is especially good news,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “Every day, more than 3,000 children die from diarrhoeal diseases. Achieving this goal will go a long way to saving children’s lives.”
But Mr. Lake cautioned that over 780 million people still lack access to safe drinking water. “The numbers are still staggering,” he said. “But the progress announced today is proof that MDG targets can be met with the will, the effort and the funds.”
Source: Media Services of UNESCO.
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