In 1990, as part of the Millennium Development Goals, the UN set a target to halve the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water. The world hit this goal in 2010, and as of 2015, some 90 percent of the world’s people now have access to “improved” water. However, there is still much more to do in terms of policy making, specially in rural areas in Africa and Asia.
There is also a big gap between people living in urban and rural areas. While the majority of those who live in urban areas have access to improved water, there is a vast percentage of people living in rural areas without access to improved water.
The UN Millennium Development Goals set a group of geographic regions and there is one which stands out above the rest, and it’s Sub-Saharan Africa. The majority of countries with higher percentages of population without access to clean water belong to that region.
Even though the UN policies have improved the general situation, there is still much more to do if we want to provide good quality water access to those who live rural areas of Africa and Asia.