New UNICEF publication address water insecurity

25 March, 2021

The world is in a water crisis, and children’s lives and futures are at risk. Today, over 1.42 billion people – including 450 million children – live in areas of high or extremely high water vulnerability.

Decades of water misuse, over-extraction and contamination of freshwater supplies have exacerbated water stress. Simultaneously, demand for water is rising due to rapid population growth, urbanization and increasing water needs from a range of sectors including agriculture, industry and energy. Climate change further compounds water scarcity through changing precipitation patterns and extreme weather events.

In conjunction to World Water Day, UNICEF launched Water Security for All, a programmatic and advocacy initiative to address water insecurity and the global water crisis.