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12 July 2017

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WHO, UNICEF, JMP

Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2017 update and Sustainable Development Goal baselines

Some 3 in 10 people worldwide, or 2.1 billion, lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and 6 in 10, or 4.5 billion, lack safely managed sanitation, according to a new report by WHO and UNICEF.

The Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report, Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2017 update and Sustainable Development Goal baselines, presents the first global assessment of “safely managed” drinking water and sanitation services. The overriding conclusion is that too many people still lack access, particularly in rural areas.

“Safe water, sanitation and hygiene at home should not be a privilege of only those who are rich or live in urban centres,” says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “These are some of the most basic requirements for human health, and all countries have a responsibility to ensure that everyone can access them.”

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 19 July 2017

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European Court of Auditors

Special audit report - Implementing the Drinking Water Directive: water quality and access to it improved in Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania, but investment needs remain substantial

The audit report assess whether EU actions improved the safe access of citizens to quality drinking water in Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania. In particular, it examines whether (i) the requirements of the Drinking Water Directive have been met; (ii) the examined ERDF/CF-funded projects improved the quality of drinking water and the access to its supply; and (iii) the revenues generated and the additional national public funding are adequate to ensure the maintenance and sustainability of the EU-funded investments in drinking water supply infrastructure.

 

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Contributed by Elvira Broeks on 18 September 2017

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