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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

World not on track to meet the Millennium Development Goals for sanitation

New figures from the UNICEF/WHO Joint Monitoring Programme show that the sanitation target of halving the number of unserved people worldwide by 2015 will not be met without a dramatic acceleration in the provision of services. The summary figures – which represent a comprehensive analysis of 2002 data from countries around the world – also  indicate that the world is on track to meet the drinking water MDGs (but population growth may outstrip progress) and that there are very serious coverage disparities between urban and rural populations and between the rich and the poor.

See the new UNICEF/WHO report, Meeting the Millennium Development Goals drinking water and sanitation target - A mid-term assessment of progress  (also available in PDF format), for details.



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