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This report presents the first ever estimates of the population using safely managed drinking water and sanitation services meaning drinking water free from contamination that is available at home when needed, and toilets whereby excreta are treated and disposed of safely. It also documents progress towards ending open defecation and achieving universal access to basic services. The report identifies a number of critical data gaps that will need to be addressed in order to enable systematic monitoring of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets and to realize the commitment to leave no one behind.

United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO)

United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO)

This report presents the first ever estimates of the population using safely managed drinking water and sanitation services meaning drinking water free from contamination that is available at home when needed, and toilets whereby excreta are treated and disposed of safely. It also documents progress towards ending open defecation and achieving universal access to basic services. The report identifies a number of critical data gaps that will need to be addressed in order to enable systematic monitoring of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets and to realize the commitment to leave no one behind.

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2.1 billion people lack safe drinking water at home, more than twice as many lack safe sanitation

WHO, UNICEF release first global estimates for water, sanitation and hygiene for the Sustainable Development Goals