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Leaving No One Behind

World Water Day 2019 – Leaving no one behind

Leaving no one behind is the target to ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030.

Whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human right.  Access to water underpins public health and is therefore critical to sustainable development and a stable and prosperous world.  We cannot move forward as a global society while so many people are living without safe water.  Here are some KEY FACTS…


Source: WHO/UNICEF (2017)

• ONE IN FOUR PRIMARY SCHOOLS HAVE NO DRINKING WATER SERVICE, with pupils using unprotected sources or going thirsty.

Source: UNICEF (2018)

• MORE THAN 700 CHILDREN UNDER FIVE DIE EVERY DAY from diarrea linked to unsafe water and poor sanitation.

Calculation made in 2018 based on data from UNICEF.

• Globally, 80% OF THE PEOPLE who have to use unsafe and unprotected water sources LIVE IN RURAL AREAS.

Source: WHO (2017)

• OVER 800 WOMEN DIE EVERY DAY from complications in pregnancy and childbirth.

Source: UNICEF

• For the 68.5 MILLION PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN FORCED TO FLEE THEIR HOMES, accessing safe water services is highly problematic.

Source: UNHCR (2017) & WWAP (UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme)/UN-Water (2019)

• Around 4 billion people – NEARLY TWO-THIRDS OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION EXPERIENCE SEVERE WATER SCARITY during at least one month of the year.

Source:  Mekonnen and Hoekstra (2016), Four billion people facing severe water scarity.


Source: Global Water Institute (2013)

• The wealthier generally receive high levels of WASH services at (often very) low cost, WHEREAS THE POOR PAY A MUCH HIGHER PRICE FOR A SERVICE OF SIMILAR OR LESSER QUALITY.

Source: WWAP (UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme)/UN-Water (2019)

What can we do so that we are leaving no one behind?

To ensure we are ‘leaving no one behind’, we must focus our efforts towards including people who have been marginalized or ignored. Water services must meet the needs of marginalized groups and their voices must be heard in decision-making processes. Regulatory and legal frameworks must recognise the right to water for all people, and sufficient funding must be fairly and effectively targeted at those who need it most.  Support World Water Day here: .

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