3 % of all water on earth is freshwater. However, population growth, increasing production and consumption of goods, as well as climate change are destabilising the global water cycle. Globally, we are experiencing increasing droughts and floods, meaning water is not where it is expected or needed. Water scarcity already affects over 40% of the world’s population. Access to sanitation is limited as well: 1.7 billion people – one in four – do not have access to a toilet. Furthermore, every two minutes, a child dies from a water-related disease. It is essential to improve global access to water, sanitation and hygiene.
Goal 6 aims to ensure universal availability of safe drinking water and basic sanitation, as well as sustainably managed water sources. This goal requires the manufacturing industry, in particular, to make water use more efficient across all sectors. Furthermore, water quality and safe water reuse are improved through measures to reduce pollution from untreated wastewater and protect water bodies from disposed waste and hazardous substances. In addition, it seeks better protection for water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers and lakes.
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