SDG: 06 CLEAN WATER & SANITATION

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

One in three people live without sanitation. This is causing unnecessary disease and death. Although huge strides have been made with access to clean drinking water, lack of sanitation is undermining these advances. If we provide affordable equipment and education in hygiene practices, we can stop this senseless suffering and loss of life.

What Are the UN SDGs

17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were set up in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and are intended to be achieved by 2030.

Goal 06: Facts and figures

1 in 4 health care facilities lacks basic water services

3 in 10 people lack access to safely managed drinking water services and 6 in

10 people lack access to safely managed sanitation facilities.

At least 892 million people continue to practice open defecation.

Women and girls are responsible for water collection in 80 per cent of households without access to water on premises.

Between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of the global population using an improved drinking water source has increased from 76 per cent to 90 per cent

Water scarcity affects more than 40 per cent of the global population and is projected to rise. Over 1.7 billion people are currently living in river basins where water use exceeds recharge.

2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services, such as toilets or latrines

More than 80 per cent of wastewater resulting from human activities is discharged into rivers or sea without any pollution removal

Each day, nearly 1,000 children die due to preventable water and sanitation-related diarrheal diseases

Approximately 70 per cent of all water abstracted from rivers, lakes and aquifers is used for irrigation

Floods and other water-related disasters account for 70 per cent of all deaths related to natural disasters

Goal 06: Targets

6.1 By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all

6.2 By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations

6.3 By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally

6.4 By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity

6.5 By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate

6.6 By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes

6.A By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies

6.B Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management

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