The world is not on track to reach Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: to ensure availability and sustainable management of sanitation and water for all by 2030. Today, 4.5 billion people live without safely managed sanitation and 2.1 billion people lack access to safe, readily available water at home.
This is a crisis that is devastating public health, living conditions, nutrition, education and economic productivity across the developing world. At the same time, demand for water is rapidly rising, untreated wastewater is polluting water resources and degrading the natural environment, and climate change is playing havoc with water supply and sanitation services, particularly in the poorest countries. Failure to get on track to meet SDG 6 therefore risks the entire 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.