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Resourcing of the water, sanitation and hygiene sector is relatively low priority compared to other sectors

Resourcing of the water, sanitation and hygiene sector is relatively low priority compared to other sectors. In many countries, policies and programmes underemphasise adequate financing and human resource development to sustain the existing infrastructure and to expand access to sanitation, drinking-water and hygiene services.

UN-Water GLAAS, 2012
  

Diarrhoea is the leading cause of illness and death

Globally, diarrhoea is the leading cause of illness and death, and 88 per cent of diarrhoeal deaths are due to a lack of access to sanitation facilities, together with inadequate availability of water for hygiene and unsafe drinking water.

Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP)
  

Every 20 seconds, a child dies as a result of poor sanitation

Today 2.5 billion people, including almost one billion children, live without even basic sanitation. Every 20 seconds, a child dies as a result of poor sanitation. That's 1.5 million preventable deaths each year.

World Water Development Report 2012
  

A person needs 20-50 litres of water a day for basic needs

The UN suggests that each person needs 20-50 litres of water a day to ensure their basic needs for drinking, cooking and cleaning.

World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP)
  

Cooperation outweighs conflict

Since 1947 there have been 300 international water agreements against 37 conflicts between states over water.

UNESCO
  

There are 276 transboundary river basins in the world

There are 276 transboundary river basins in the world (64 transboundary river basins in Africa, 60 in Asia, 68 in Europe, 46 in North America and 38 in South America). 185 out of the 276 transboundary river basins, about two-thirds, are shared by two countries. 256 out of 276 are shared by 2, 3 or 4 countries (92,7%), and 20 out of 276 are shared by 5 or more countries (7,2%), the maximum being 18 countries sharing a same transboundary river basin (Danube).

UNESCO
  
Last update:18 Sep 2014