Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Dirty Water More Deadly Than War??

As the world commemorates World Water Day next week, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon says clean water has become scarce and will become even scarcer with the onset of climate change.

"More people die from unsafe water than all forms of violence, including war," he said in a statement released Thursday.

With 87% of the worlds population - about 5.9 billion people - using safe drinking water sources, the world is on track to meet or even exceed the drinking water target of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Despite these progresses, there are still improvements to be made in the arena of sanitation. According to Serena O'Sullivan of the London-based End Water Poverty, sanitation and the water crisis undermine progress made in other development areas because it affects some 2.5 billion people, and it is killing more children than malaria, HIV/AIDS and TB combined.

To learn more read the following article posted on the IPS News Agency.

- Tiffanie Depew

SOURCE: Inter Press Service News Agency