Coordinating the UN's work on water and sanitation

UNICEF report series dedicated to the humanitarian–development–peace nexus

A new UNICEF report, Water Under Fire, describes the impact of unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene on children living in the midst of protracted conflicts.
The report is the first volume in the campaign’s three-report series dedicated to the humanitarian–development–peace nexus, which links the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations sustaining peace agenda and the core responsibilities of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Agenda for Humanity. Drawing out these crucial linkages, the report presents practical and evidence-based water and sanitation solutions that can be replicated and scaled up.

Every child has the right to water and sanitation. And yet globally, in fragile and conflict-affected contexts, 420 million children lack basic sanitation and 210 million children lack access to safe drinking water. The report highlights the need for leadership to bring about immediate action to accelerate water and sanitation service delivery in fragile and conflict-affected contexts; prevent water-related tensions between groups and political entities; and ensure the right to water and sanitation for every child.