State of the World’s Drinking Water

An urgent call to action to accelerate progress on ensuring safe drinking water for all

A small girl drinking water from a fountain


This report developed by UNICEF, WHO and World Bank is a comprehensive survey of what we know about the links between water, health, and development, with actionable recommendations to reach Sustainable Development Goal targets on access to safe drinking water. It is illustrated by many examples of how countries have addressed the challenge of providing safely managed drinking water to their populations. The report outlines ways in which governments can meaningfully enact sustainable improvements, even with limited budgets and while capacity is developing, understanding that ultimately a comprehensive approach with political leadership is required, addressing infrastructure, governance, finance, capacity development, data and information and innovation.

State of the World’s Drinking Water
WHO, World Bank Group, UNICEF
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English, French