Since 2000, billions of people have gained access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services, but many countries still have a long way to go to fully realize the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) ambition to achieve ‘universal’ access ‘for all’.
The WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (JMP) report assesses current rates of progress and the prospects for achieving SDG targets by 2030.
Five years into the SDGs, the world is not on track to achieve SDG targets 6.1 and 6.2. Achieving universal coverage by 2030 will require a quadrupling of current rates of progress in safely managed drinking water services, safely managed sanitation services, and basic hygiene. Least Developed Countries have the furthest to go and it will be especially challenging to accelerate progress in fragile contexts. Many more countries are facing challenges in extending services to rural areas and to poor and vulnerable populations who are most at risk of being left behind.