SDG 6
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Water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of people around the world, an alarming figure that is projected to increase with the rise of global temperatures as a result of climate change. Although 2.1 billion people have gained access to improved water sanitation since 1990, dwindling supplies of safe drinking water is a major problem impacting every continent.

In 2011, 41 countries experienced water stress – 10 of which are close to depleting their supply of renewable freshwater and must now rely on alternative sources. Increasing drought and desertification is already worsening these trends. By 2050, it is projected that at least one in four people will be affected by recurring water shortages.

Ensuring universal access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030 requires we invest in adequate infrastructure, provide sanitation facilities, and encourage hygiene at every level. Protecting and restoring water-related ecosystems such as forests, mountains, wetlands and rivers is essential if we are to mitigate water scarcity. More international cooperation is also needed to encourage water efficiency and support treatment technologies in developing countries.  

Goals in action

UNDP in Turkey

Managing the refuse of the refused

Turkey is accommodating more than two million Syrian refugees. One of the urgent challenges facing their host communities in the east is about how to manage the solid waste. MORE >

UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Flood warning systems in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The 2014 flooding and landslides affected more than a million people. With the understanding that advanced warning saves lives, UNDP is helping to establish a flood forecasting and early warning system in the Vrbas River basin. MORE >

UNDP in Turkmenistan

A 100-year-old reservoir gets new life

Residents in Turkmenistan rehabilitate the Ata Eke reservoir, helping to prevent water loss, increase farming areas to their original sizes, and benefit 300 residents. MORE >

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