This story has been reported by several news channels in the last few days, but it’s worth repeating.
The UN has reached one of the millennium development goals ahead of schedule. Goal number 7 is to “Ensure environmental sustainability.” Within that goal, target 7C is to “Halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation”. That’s the one that’s been achieved. As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says, “The successful efforts to provide greater access to drinking water are a testament to all who see the MDGs not as a dream, but as a vital tool for improving the lives of millions of the poorest people.”
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