UN meets Millennium Development Goal on drinking water

The Millennium Development Goal for access to clean water has been reached, ahead of the target date of 2015. Now 89% of the population of the world has access to im­proved water supplies, up from 76% in the base year of 1990. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on March 6, 2012 hailed the achievement of halving the number of people without access to improved drinking water.

Improvement to clean water supplies has not been even: 40% of those still without access to improved drinking water live in sub-Saharan Africa, Worldwide, almost 800 million people still drink dirty water. But in the past 20 years, two billion people have gained access to improved drinking wa­ter. This is the first significant Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to be reached.

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