World Meets UN Millenium Safe Water Goal

"More than two billion people have gained access to better drinking water sources, such as piped supplies and protected wells, between 1990 and 2010, UN officials said on Tuesday. The figure means the world has met the internationally agreed Millennium Development Goal to halve the proportion of people with no safe drinking water well ahead of a 2015 deadline, UNICEF and the World Health Organization said."

"United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said this was "a great achievement for the people of the world" and noted it was one of the first goals to be met.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are a group of targets that were set by the international community in 2000 to seek to improve health and reduce poverty among the world's poorest people by 2015."

Kate Kelland reports for Reuters March 7, 2012.


"Millennium Development Goals: Clean Water Checked Off List. Now Back To Work." (Christian Science Monitor)

"World Meets UN Safe Water Goal" (AFP)

Source: Reuters, 03/07/2012