Three out of ten people (2.1 billion people in 2015) do not have access to safe drinking water, six out of ten (4.5 billion people in 2015) do not have access to safely managed sanitation services, and one out of nine (892 million people) practice open defecation.
Improved water resources management and access to safe water and sanitation for all is essential for eradicating poverty, building peaceful and prosperous societies, and ensuring that ‘no one is left behind’ on the path towards sustainable development.
“We now have better toilets, girls had challenges in disposing sanitary towels we could dispose in the composite pit and where everyone would see us there was no privacy. We are glad that the new toilet blocks are better and offers privacy.”
Sumaya Abdalla, Student at Kitangiri Primary school, Tanzania
Related Sustainable Development Goals
Donors and partners
UN-Habitat is part of UN-Water, a body which coordinates the efforts of UN entities and international organizations working on water and sanitation issues. Each UN agencies brings a unique set of expertise in the water and sanitation sector; UNDP, UNICEF and WHO. Partnerships are key to be successful in our work, we collaborate with various partners; the Private sector like Coca-Cola Foundation, Governments both national and local authorities (water utilities), academia, local communities, Non-Governmental organizations.