Social Issues – The United Nations Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to provide safe drinking water to half of the world’s people without proper access is on target to meet the globally agreed 2015 date.
During a 20-year span between 1990 and 2010 the UN has reported that they have been able to provide over two billion people with safe drinking water. With the report that 89 percent of the world’s population in 2010 has been able to utilize safe drinking sources, the U.N. and Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon have stated “mission accomplished” upon this matter.
But before the U.N. can take its official victory lap, some are a little less jubilant. Executive Director of UNICEF Anthony Lake wants the global community to recognize that there are still 783 million people who are unable to access clean safe drinking water. According to the U.N. only 63 percent of the world has access to improved sanitation and will most likely fall well below the 2015 goal, thus substantially decreasing the access to clean drinking water.
Even though the UN has improved this global issue, there is still a huge disparity with the poorest regions of the world and their access to water. Sub-Saharan Africa, which represents 40 percent of the world’s population, is unable to attain water and has dramatically fallen behind the Millennium Development Goals.
Unfortunately, neglecting to realize the effect of sanitation on the attainability of water, the U.N.’s triumph of providing access to clean water can only be described as minute when the poorest of poor are left out to “dry.”
Read more at the UN News Center.