Water Sanitation Health

Meeting the MDG drinking-water and sanitation target

A mid-term assessment of progress

WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme

Publication details

Editors: World Health Organizatiom
Number of pages: 36
Publication date: 2004
Languages: English
ISBN: 92 4 156278 1


In adopting the Millennium Development Goals, the countries of the world pledged to reduce by half the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. The results so far are mixed. With the exception of sub-Saharan Africa, the world is well on its way to meeting the drinking water target by 2015, but progress in sanitation is stalled in many developing regions.

This report, produced by the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme on Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP), provides the latest estimates and trends on where we stand today. The JMP’s estimates are critical for calculating rates of progress towards national goals and for highlighting priorities, especially those that target the underserved.

For those countries in which progress has been slow, the report’s finding should provide an incentive to accelerate action in the crucial years ahead. For countries ‘on track’, they should remind us that our work is not finished until every citizen is served.

LEE Jong-Wook
World Health Organization

Carol Bellamy
Executive Director

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