UN Urges End to ‘Water Apartheid’


BBC News: “A new report from the United Nations Development Programme has demanded a big increase in spending to provide clean water. The UNDP wants another $4bn a year spent, and says that water has not received the attention it deserves.

Water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea kill far more people than HIV/Aids and malaria combined, it said. And the difference is particularly stark for children: water-borne diseases kill five times as many children as HIV/Aids.

The report says that water is a key part of human development – and warns that, in particular, sub-Saharan Africa is lagging behind the rest of the world in the provision of basic services.”