UN Report: One in Four People Lack Access to Safe Drinking Water

According to a UN report released on Tuesday, 26% of the world’s population lacks access to clean drinking water. The publication of the U.N. World Water Development Report 2023 coincides with the commencement of a three-day conference on the availability and use of water in New York City. The report’s principal editor is Richard Connor. At the press conference, he informed reporters that it would probably take between $600 billion and $1 trillion to achieve the United Nations’ water targets. Connor stated that forming alliances with financiers, investors, governments, and climate change organizations was equally crucial.

The study issues a warning, stating that “water use is expected to grow at a similar rate to 2050” and is increasing globally at a rate of one percent year. According to Connor, growing economies and developing nations are experiencing a surge in demand. This is a result of increased water consumption in cities and enterprises. According to Connor, just agriculture consumes 70% of the water available on Earth, so planning is necessary. The survey also predicted that portions of South America, East Asia, and Central Africa would experience more seasonal water shortages.

This is on top of regions like the Middle East and the Sahara region of Africa that already have a shortage of water. According to the paper, this is the outcome of rising Earth’s atmosphere. The most recent report on water is the product of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. According to the report, “10% of the world’s population lives in countries with high or critical water stress on average.” Furthermore, 3.5 billion individuals experience water stress for at least one month out of the year.

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