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of the global population uses safely managed sanitation services 

World Bank, 2017


SDG 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030


Water is the most essential element of life. We require it for drinking, for sanitation, for producing food and for maintaining our ecosystem services. Access to water, sanitation and hygiene is a human right, yet billions are still faced with daily challenges accessing even the most basic of services. The demand for water has outpaced population growth, and half the world’s population is already experiencing severe water scarcity. One in three people live without sanitation causing unnecessary disease and death.

What Can I Do?

Don't overuse water. Make sure to close the tap when washing dishes, brushing your teeth and take short showers - Baths require much more water than a 5-10 minute shower. Reduce pollution by refusing to flush baby wipes, cotton pads or menstrual products down the toilet. Organise a clean up project for rivers and oceans. Engage students on your campus to clean up a local river or seaside. Lend your voice to raise awareness about the lack of toilets in many communities around the world.

What Are The Targets?

6.1 By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all. 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. 6.3 By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally. 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 scarcity. 6.5 By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate. 6.6 By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes. 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, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies. 6.B Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management