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2.2bn people lack access to clean drinking water – UNESCO

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Globally, 2.2 billion people were without access to safely managed drinking water and 3.5 billion lack access to safely managed sanitation.

This is according to the report by the United Nations Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) released for World Water Day.

The increasing water scarcity can fuel conflicts around the world, the United Nations has warned.

One in two people around the world suffered from water scarcity for several months of the year, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said.

“And in some parts of the world, this water scarcity has become the rule, rather than the exception.

“We know the consequences of such a situation: water shortages not only fan the flames of geopolitical tensions, but also pose a threat to fundamental rights as a whole.

“For example, by considerably undermining the position of girls and women,” she said.

Azoulay said access to water and the preservation of water resources were core challenges for societies.

Achieving universal access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in 140 low- and middle-income countries would cost approximately $1.7 trillion from 2016 to 2030. Or $114 billion per year, the report estimated.

The report is published annually to mark World Water Day, which this year focuses on the theme of “Water for Prosperity and Peace.”

“The theme of World Water Day 2024 is therefore a call to action to sustainably manage water, to reconnect with our planet and, ultimately, to build peace,” Azoulay said.

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