Radical increase in water and sanitation investment required to meet development targets
13 April 2017 | GENEVA — Countries are not increasing spending fast enough to meet the water and sanitation targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), says a new report published by the World Health Organization (WHO) on behalf of UN-Water – the United Nations inter-agency coordination mechanism for all freshwater-related issues, including sanitation.
Most human activities that use water produce wastewater. As the overall demand for water grows, the quantity of wastewater produced and its overall pollution load are continuously increasing worldwide.
In all but the most highly developed countries, the vast majority of wastewater is released directly to the environment without adequate treatment, with detrimental impacts on human health, economic productivity, the quality of ambient freshwater resources, and ecosystems.
This UN-Water Analytical Brief analyses the central role of water and sanitation to describe the links and interdependencies between the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 6 on water and sanitation and those of other Goals. It aims to stimulate United Nations Member States’ consideration of the water-related linkages within the Goals to facilitate an integrated approach to implementation.
The year 2015 was truly pivotal for international diplomacy: the beginning of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (hereinafter referred to as the 2030 Agenda) and the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) era. It was also a year in which several ground-breaking international agreements were reached after years of negotiations.
L’eau, source de croissance et d’emplois, d’après un nouveau rapport des Nations Unies