Justice and Peace
March 22 ~ World Water Day
The theme for World Water Day 2019 is ‘Leaving no one behind’. This is an adaptation of the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit. Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behind.
How much do you know about global access to water and sanitation?
In observance of the World Water Day, the International Water Association Publishing host an online quiz where you may test your knowledge on water and sanitation.
Access the IWA Publishing World Water Day quiz here.
Fact & Figures
– 2.1 billion people live without safe water at home.
– One in four primary schools have no drinking water service, with students using unprotected sources or going thirsty.
– More than 700 children under five years of age die every day from diarrhea linked to unsafe water and poor sanitation.
– Globally, 80% of the people who have to use unsafe and unprotected water sources live in rural areas.
– Women and girls are responsible for water collection in eight out of 10 households with water off-premises.
– For the 68.5 million people who have been forced to flee their homes, accessing safe water services is highly problematic.
– Around 159 million people collect their drinking water from surface water, such as ponds and streams.
– Around 4 billion people- nearly two-thirds of the world’s population-experience severe water scarcity during at least one month of the year.
– Over 800 women die every day from complications in pregnancy and childbirth.
-700 million people worldwide could be displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030.
Water Under Fire
Watch this video to learn about the world-wide situation
Want to learn some more?
In addition, International Water Association Publishing has made a collection of 20 relevant papers free until the end of March in order to help spread awareness of the global water crisis and the knowledge to combat it.
Access the World Water Day Article Collection here.