WHO releases report on progress on drinking water and sanitation

The World Health Organization has released its report on the progress on drinking water and sanitation.  The report, updated every two years, outlines progress towards achieving Goal number 7 outlined in the United Nations Development Program.

In 2000, the United Nations created the Millennium Development Program, a set of eight goals designed to free people from extreme poverty and multiple deprivations. Goal number 7, in particular, pertains to ensuring environmental sustainability.

“The report brings welcome news: measured by the proxy-indicator consistently used by the JMP since 2000, the MDG drinking-water target was met in 2010, five years ahead of schedule. However, the job is far from done. An estimated 780 million still lacked safe drinking water in 2010, and the world is unlikely to meet the MDG sanitation target.”

For more information on the report, click here.