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Demand Universal Access to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation

They seem like the most basic of rights. Clean drinking water. A sanitary toilet. Two elementary needs that are essential to health and dignity. Yet, around the world, a significant portion of the global population lacks access to these simple, vital necessities.



In 2014, 748 million people do not have access to a reliable safe source of clean drinking water. 2.5 billion people do not have access to improved sanitation.



When water is unsafe and sanitation non-existent, water can kill. Globally, waterborne illnesses are the second leading cause of death for children under five, killing 1,400 children every day.



We've made some progress. Since 1990, sanitation coverage in developing regions has increased by 21 percent and water coverage by 17 percent. Thanks to the work of UNICEF and its partners, more than 2.1 billion people have gained access to clean drinking water.



But UNICEFâ??s vision calls for far more dramatic progress—nothing short of universal access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene.



By 2030 we want to to achieve universal access to basic drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for households, schools and health facilities.



These goals are ambitious, but achievable.
Meeting these goals — achieving the vision of universal access by 2030 — requires putting the needs of children and families first, regardless of geography, ethnicity or income level.



Take action today and support UNICEFâ??s vision for universal access to safe drinking water and sanitation.

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