Dec 13, 2013
11 Percent of the World’s Population Still Without Clean Water
Posted on Aug 7, 2012
The United Nations’ highest policymaking body declared access to water and sanitation to be a basic human right two years ago. But a coalition of activists in late July said that goal remains little more than a good intention.
“As members of the global water justice movement,” the group said, “we are deeply concerned to see little progress being made towards the full implementation of this right.”
At the end of 2010, 89 percent of the world’s population—6.1 billion people—were said to have “improved drinking water sources,” such as supply pipes and protected wells. But that leaves nearly 800 million people with empty cups in their hands, and billions more without access to proper sanitation.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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