Millennium Development Goal’s drinking water target met!!!

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According to The Guardian, the drinking water target of halving the number of people who lack access to safe drinking water has been met three years before the Millennium Development Goal’s target date! This is cause for great celebration!

Between 1990 and 2010, 2 billion people gained access to safer drinking water sources, according to the World Health Organization.

However, the fight to help people gain access to safe drinking water- a basic human right- is far from over. There are still 783 million people without it, and 2.5 billion people lacking basic sanitation, according to the Unicef joint monitoring programme for water supply and sanitation report of 2012.

Furthermore, the disparity between regions that improved in access to safer drinking water is alarming. China and India saw the most improvement, with almost half of the 2 billion people helped coming from those two regions. Meanwhile, many countries in Africa are not on track to meet the goal. More than 40 percent of those who lack access to safe drinking water come from Sub-Saharan Africa.


There is cause for celebration! The MDG are not out of reach or a dream but they can be a reality. Hard work and perseverance has proved that. I understand that there is still a lot of work to be done, but we have to start somewhere and meeting this goal of halving those who lack adequate drinking water is a great place to start.


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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One Response to Millennium Development Goal’s drinking water target met!!!

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