On World Water Day millions have no access

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Boy drinks a bowl of newly-delivered water in Sudan

While many countries have made great strides in improving their management of water resources, much more needs to be done according to the UN.

March 22 is World Water Day and this year's theme focuses on water and food security. The UN says the lack of access to clean drinking water exacerbates the burdens carried by the poor and the undernourished, and it increases mortality rates.

The UN says the challenge is to reach those most disadvantaged.

Rolph Luyendijk with the UN Children's Agency – UNICEF, says more than 700 million people worldwide, mainly in Africa, are without safe drinking water.

"And the ones affected most are children. Children who currently still unfortunately die at a rate of 3,000 per day from diarrheal diseases of 88% of those we estimate are due to lack of basic safe drinking water and poor hygiene"

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that producing enough food to feed the world’s rapidly growing population will require the international community to ensure the sustainable use of the world’s “most critical finite resource,” water.

Earlier this month it was announced that the Millennium Development Goal of cutting in half the number of people without access to safe drinking water had already been met ahead of the 2015 deadline.

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