Millennium Development Goals


Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability

© UNICEF oPt/2008/El Baba

The Middle East and North Africa region faces the world’s most severe water shortages. With about five per cent of the world's population, it has less than one per cent of all renewable freshwater. Water shortages and limited waste water networks plague the occupied Palestinian territory.

Around 80 per cent of the water in Gaza does not meet World Health Organization standards for safety. In 2008, 87.8 per cent of households had access to safe water, an eight per cent drop compared to 2000. As a result of electricity and supply shortages in Gaza, around 80,000 cubic meters of raw or partially-treated sewage is disposed into the sea daily; even more waste is expelled into the environment without proper treatment. In the West Bank only five to seven per cent of wastewater is properly treated.



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