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Goal #6: Water and Sanitation – World Water Day
Water, Water Everywhere, Only if We Share

Goal #6: Water and Sanitation – World Water Day

At the beginning of 2016 we talked about the Sustainable Development Goals, 17 goals created by 193 UN’s member States and which are within the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. You can read more about the Sustainable Development Goals here.

Today all the world celebrates the World Water Day and we want to take this day to talk about the goal number 6 which is based on ensure access to water and sanitation for all.

The water is an essential element of sustainable development, in other words, clean and accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in. Water resources and the range of services offered by them have a key role in the reduction of poverty, the economic growth and the environmental sustainability.

According to UN’s data, water scarcity affects more than 40% of the global population and is projected to rise. Although since 1990, 2.6 billion people have gained access to improved drinking water sources, the decreasing availability of safe water is a big issue that worries all continents.

If in 2030 we want to ensure the global access to safe and affordable drinking water, we should implement the adequate investments in infrastructure, provide health facilities and encourage safe hygiene practices at all levels.

In order to reduce water scarcity, we have to protect and recover the water-related ecosystems including forests, rivers or the mountains. Also, a strong international cooperation is necessary to stimulate the water efficiency and add treatment technologies in development countries.


This year, the World Water Day has the motto “Better Water, Better Jobs”. According to United Nations, almost half of the world’s workers work in water related sectors and nearly all jobs depend on water and those that ensure its safe delivery. Yet the millions of people who work in water are often not recognized or protected by basic labour rights. The theme in 2016 — water and jobs — is focusing on how enough quantity and quality of water can change workers’ lives and livelihoods – and even transform societies and economies.

Today is a day to reflect about water function and propitiate improvements for the population who suffer water-related problems. To end this post, we show you the World Water Day 2016 official trailer.

We can take bold action to address water inequity as part of our efforts to realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The Worldcoo team.

Water, Water Everywhere, Only if We Share

The World Water Day, since 1993 observed every year on 22 March, has grown in awarness aided in recent years by social media. This year is the landmark 20th anniversary of its formation, and UN Water are determined to make it the biggest and most widely disseminated yet, with no fewer than 450 events taking place on every continent today. This year official festivities are taking place in The Hague, Netherlands. This year oficial slogan is:“Water, Water Everywhere, Only if We Share” yet, this blog post title.

Obviously there has been progress, but we don’t see World Water Day is a day to celebrate. It’s more a day that forces us to think about much more we need to do. Lets see some data then:

– The resource is wide, but not avalaible. The 97% of water reserves are in sea water. Other 2% is frozen in the poles. So we have to deal with the remaining 1%.

13% of world population has no access to clean drinking water.

– Some 2.5 billion people have no sanitation facilities, with open defecation elevating the risk of disease and groundwater contamination.

– Access to latrines changed little between 1990 and 2010 in sub-Saharan Africa and only marginally in South Asia, the world’s poorest regions.

Of the 800 million living in water poverty, 40% are in sub-Saharan Africa.

– Across sub-Saharan Africa, 61% of people have a ready access to water but only 30% have latrines, the lowest rates in the world.

– In 2010 UN approved resolution 64/292 which recognizes human rights to water and sanitation.

– We already reached MDG 7c “Halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation“, but we will miss MGG 7d “Achieve, by 2020, a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers“.

– According to WHO humans need about 7 to 15L/person daily to fully ensure health and sanitation. In developing countries we are using about 100L daily per person.

– UNDP states that the price of water sholdn’t be higher than 3% total house income.

But the main challenge that water faces is the world population increase. To discover more you can see this video.

Have a nice water day!

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