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The world is on track to meet the Millennium Development Goal target on drinking water, but falls short of the sanitation target

  • The world is on track to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target on drinking water. Current trends suggest that more than 90% of the global population will use improved drinking water sources by 2015.
  • The world is not on track to meet the MDG sanitation target. Between 1990 and 2006 the proportion of people without improved sanitation decreased by only 8 percentage points. Without an immediate acceleration in progress, the world will not achieve even half the sanitation target by 2015. Based on current trends, the total population without improved sanitation in 2015 will have decreased only slightly, from 2.5 billion to 2.4 billion.

Related themes: Water, Sanitation and Health; Millennium Development Goals

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