Wine To Water's Response to UNICEF & WHO Report


Wine To Water’s Response to UNICEF & WHO Report

Clean Water Will Not Be Available For All By 2030

Field Note #230


On June 18, UNICEF and WHO published a report that presented new data reflecting the current progress of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Based on the data given throughout this report, it is clear that clean water and sanitation will likely not be available for all by 2030 as the UN had previously hoped. 

According to the UN, approximately 2.2 billion (1 out of 3) people around the world still do not have safely managed drinking water, 4.2 billion (4 out of 8) people do not have safely managed sanitation services, and 3 (2 out of 5) billion lack basic hand-washing facilities.

Proportions of populations using safely managed drinking water and sanitation sources (%):

Clean water percentages from UNICEF.

Clean water percentages from UNICEF.

Sanitation percentages from UNICEF.

Sanitation percentages from UNICEF.

Despite the gradual increase of clean water and sanitation access all around the world, access rates are progressing far too slowly. There remains a steep gap in access between impoverished communities and the global north, implying a lack of equality and social responsibility. Not only does the slow progress of SDG6 compromise the singular goal of resolving the global water crisis, but it also undermines the success of all other SDGs. 

“We need an urgent step change in how we all work towards the goal of universal access,” said WaterAid Chief Executive Tim Wainwright. “Clean water, decent sanitation and good hygiene together is the foundation that underpins almost all of the SDGs, from health to education, to nutrition and the environment. There can be no end to poverty without universal access, but we are still failing to make this a reality. If all of us across governments, civil society and the private sector work to galvanize the revolution in approach this crisis needs, this is a problem we can – and will - solve.”

Image taken from  UNESCO .

Image taken from UNESCO.

Now more than ever, W|W hopes to educate our community on the importance of clean water. There can be no greater progress if basic needs are not being met around the world. The impact clean water has on health, education, equality and more cannot be stressed enough. Safely managed drinking water helps to eliminate the threat of waterborne disease, empowers women and children to be more active in their communities and education, while also enabling stronger agriculture and economic practices through access. 

If countries fail to step up efforts on sanitation, safe water and hygiene, we will continue to live with diseases that should have been long ago consigned to the history books... [Water] is an essential foundation for good health.
— WHO Director Dr. Maria Neira

Life to its fullest  is simply not possible without the catalyst that is clean water. While this article is disheartening , it is also a call to action - a challenge to the entire W|W community and beyond. We are not discouraged but driven to go farther and deeper with our programs and equally passionate community.

The Wine To Water community is a powerful force. I have seen it impact the lives of many since Wine To Water’s inception. However, our work is not done. We must challenge ourselves to go beyond what we once thought possible.
— W|W International Program Manager Josh Elliott

The statistics shared by the UN are calling for serious change and W|W is going to be a part of the next step. We’re asking you to match our strides in the pursuit of truly providing clean water and sanitation for all. We cannot do this without you.