Water & Sanitation

While substantial progress has been made in increasing access to clean drinking water and sanitation, billions of people—mostly in rural areas—still lack access these basic services, which were recognized as a human right by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010. Worldwide, one in three people do not have access to safe drinking water, two out of five people do not have a basic hand-washing facility with soap and water, and more than 673 million people still practice open defecation. Unsafe hygiene practices are widespread, compounding the effects on people’s health. The impact on child mortality rates is devastating, with more than 297,000 children under five who die annually from diarrheal diseases due to poor sanitation, poor hygiene, or unsafe drinking water.

By managing our water sustainably, we are also able to better manage food production and energy, and contribute to decent work and economic growth. Moreover, we can preserve our water ecosystems, their biodiversity, and take action on climate change. Water and sanitation are essential to the future of sustainable development.

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35th UN-Water Meeting

The 35th UN-Water Meeting brought together representatives from UN-Water Members and Partners to advance progress on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 (clean water and sanitation).
Event 4 October 2021 - 6 October 2021

9th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention

The Ninth session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP9) to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) considered different aspects of transboundary water cooperation with a particular focus on review of progress in…
Conference of the Parties (COP) 29 September 2021 - 1 October 2021

34th UN-Water Meeting

UN-Water Members, Partners, and observers considered how to accelerate progress toward water and sanitation for all by 2030 when ambitions appear off-track.
Event 15 March 2021 - 17 March 2021

33rd UN-Water Meeting

The 33rd UN-Water Meeting will bring together representatives from UN-Water Members and Partners for a virtual discussion on challenges for international water and sanitation policy issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic and opportunities to coordinate the work of their respective organizations to…
Event 29 September 2020

32nd UN-Water Meeting

The 32nd Meeting of UN-Water took place at the headquarters of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Participants at the 32nd UN-Water Meeting moved through a packed agenda focused on issues related to the UN-Water programme of work for the coming biennium and the UN-Water…
Event 28 January 2020 - 29 January 2020

31st UN-Water Meeting

Closing dais of the 31st UN-Water meeting (L-R): Leanne Burney, UN-Water Programme Officer; Nicolas Franke, Special Assistant to the UN-Water Secretary; Madhushree Chatterjee, UN-Water Secretary; Gilbert Houngbo, UN-Water Chair; Olcay Unver, UN-Water Vice-Chair; and Federico Properzi, UN-Water…
Event 23 August 2019 - 24 August 2019

30th UN-Water Meeting

The 30th UN-Water Meeting convened from 31 January – 1 February 2019, in Rome, Italy, at the headquarters of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
Event 31 January 2019 - 1 February 2019