Sustainable Development

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Goal 6

Water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of people around the world, an alarming figure that is projected to increase with the rise of global temperatures as a result of climate change. Although 2.1 billion people have gained access to improved water sanitation since 1990, dwindling supplies of safe drinking water is a major problem impacting every continent. In 2011, 41 countries experienced water stress – 10 of which are close to depleting their supply of renewable freshwater and must now rely on alternative sources. Increasing drought and desertification is already worsening these trends. By 2050, it is projected that at least one in four people will be affected by recurring water shortages. Ensuring universal access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030 requires we invest in adequate infrastructure, provide sanitation facilities, and encourage hygiene at every level. Protecting and restoring water-related ecosystems such as forests, mountains, wetlands and rivers is essential if we are to mitigate water scarcity. More international cooperation is also needed to encourage water efficiency and support treatment technologies in developing countries

Serial No Target Name
6.1 By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all View
6.2 By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations View
6.3 By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving t he proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally View
6.4 By 2030, substantially increase water - use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcit View
6.5 By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary co operation as appropriate View
6.6 By 2020, protect and restore water - related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes View
6.a By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity - building support to developing countries in water - and sanitation - related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalina tion, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies View
6.b Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management View
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