A report presented by UNESCO at the UN 2023 Water Conference in New York reveals that a significant portion of the world’s population still does not have access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. The report indicates that 26% of the global population lacks safe drinking water, while 46% do not have access to well-managed sanitation facilities.
About the UN 2023 Water Conference:
It will be the second UN Conference dedicated to water after the one held in Mar del Plata, Argentina, in 1977. UN has launched a global campaign called ‘Be the Change’ to mark World Water Day 2023.
The Report: UN World Water Development Report 2023:
The WWDR is published by UNESCO on behalf of UN-Water and its production is coordinated by the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme. It is an annual report released on Launched on World Water Day (22nd March) every year.
The report’s principal discoveries:
According to statistics, a significant portion of the world’s population, specifically two billion individuals, lack access to safe drinking water, and 3.6 billion people do not have access to well-managed sanitation facilities.
It is projected that by 2050, nearly half of the world’s urban population will face water scarcity, up from one-third in 2016. India is expected to be one of the most severely affected countries in this regard.
80% of people living under water stress lived in Asia; in particular, northeast China, as well as India and Pakistan.
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