Progress on sanitation and drinking-water: 2010 Update
15 MARCH 2010 | GENEVA/NEW YORK - With 87% of the world’s population or approximately 5.9 billion people using safe drinking-water sources, the world is on track to meet or even exceed the drinking-water target of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to the new WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report titled: "Progress on Sanitation and Drinking-Water –2010 Update Report," released today.
However, with almost 39% of the world’s population or over 2.6 billion people living without improved sanitation facilities, the report also points out that much more needs to be done to come close to the sanitation MDG target. If the current trend continues unchanged, the international community will miss the 2015 sanitation MDG by almost one billion people.
The report and country data are available as per links below:
- Joint Monitoring Programme web site
- WHO Water, Sanitation and Health web site
- UNICEF Statistics web site
- Press releases, fact sheets and other WHO media material