Access to safe water and sanitation and sound management of freshwater ecosystems are essential to human health and to environmental sustainability and economic prosperity. Today, water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of people around the world, and this figure is projected to increase with the rise of global temperatures as a result of climate change. Ensuring access to safe and affordable water will require investing in adequate infrastructure and sanitation facilities, supporting water efficiency and treatment technologies, and rational use of water-related ecosystems.
Interaction with SDG 3
Safe water and sanitation for all will greatly contribute to disease prevention.