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Governments Must Invest More In Clean Water, Sanitation, World Water Council Says; 1 In 4 Children To Face Water Shortages By 2040, UNICEF Report Shows

Associated Press: African governments urged to spend more on clean water
“Nearly a third of people in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to safe drinking water, the World Water Council said Wednesday, urging governments to contribute adequate amounts of their budgets toward projects aimed at making safe water widely available. … Globally, at least 1.8 billion people use a drinking-water source contaminated with feces, and half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas by 2025, according to the World Health Organization…” (Muhumuza, 3/22).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: One in four children may face severe water shortages by 2040: UNICEF
“One in four children — 600 million in total — may live in areas with severely limited water resources by 2040, putting them at risk of deadly diseases like cholera and diarrhea, the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF said on Wednesday…” (Capelouto, 3/22).

U.N. News Centre: ‘Nothing can grow without water,’ warns UNICEF, as 600 million children could face extreme shortages
“…In its report, Thirsting for a Future: Water and children in a changing climate, the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) explores the threats to children’s lives and wellbeing caused by depleted sources of safe water and the ways climate change will intensify these risks in coming years. ‘This crisis will only grow unless we take collective action now,’ said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake in a news release announcing the report, launched on World Water Day…” (3/22).

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