770 million still lack access to improved water sources

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People fetching drinking water from Lake Chad

Water is at the heart of a daily crisis faced by millions of the most vulnerable people in the world —threatening life and livelihoods, peace and human security, according to UNDP Associate Administrator Rebecca Greenspan.

She told a High-level International Conference on Water Cooperation in Dushanbe, Tajikistan that around 770 million people worldwide still lack access to an improved water source and 2.5 billion lack access to basic sanitation.

According to Ms. Greenspan, not only is the world experiencing explosive growth in the demand for water resources, but water waste and water pollution increasingly threaten the integrity of aquatic and agro ecosystems vital for life and food security. Climate change is not helping either, increasing variability in the water cycle, and exacerbating extreme events like floods and droughts complicates even further an already immense water management and water governance challenge.

Ms. Greenspan says if these trends continue, by 2025, as many as 3 billion people could be living in areas facing water stress.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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