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Sustainable Development Goal For Water

by | Sep 24, 2015

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The MDGs have had their detractors, but I would argue the MDGs were very effective in catalyzing and focusing development investments and policies to reduce global poverty.

This weekend, the UN will launch the new Sustainable Development Goals. These goals build from the  Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which were a driver for the world’s development priorities from 1990-2015.

MDG #7 focused on the environment with a sub-target devoted to water, including a target to “halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.” The MDGs have had their detractors, but I would argue the MDGs were very effective in catalyzing and focusing development investments and policies to reduce global poverty. In terms of performance for MDG #7, a staggering 2.3 billion people gained access to water infrastructure from 1990 to 2015, surpassing the target. For sanitation, we still have a long way to go, but progress on sanitation has been even faster than water – it just started from a much lower baseline. Click here for the UN’s report.