The 8th Water Corner was held on the 17th of February and discussed the topic of “Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion”....
2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services. 4.5 billion people lack safely managed sanitation services. Water scarcity already affects four out of every 10 people.
90% of all natural disasters are water-related (UNISDR). 80% of wastewater flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused (UNESCO, 2017). Agriculture accounts for 70% of global water withdrawal (FAO)
Sustainable Development Goal 6 commits the world to ensuring that everyone has access to safe water by 2030, and includes targets on protecting the natural environment and reducing pollution.
Cambodia currently faces major challenges in reaching SDG 6
What are those challenges?
3.8 million Cambodians don’t have access to safe water and over 9 million people don’t have access to proper sanitation in Cambodia. Over 380 Cambodian children die every year from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. Stunting of under-five year old children-remains high at 32 percent, poor sanitation is one of the main causes.
We need inspired and dedicated human resources to solve these problems
0 of new WASH professionalare needed in order to reach SDG 6 by 2030. At the current sector size, it is unlikely that Cambodia will reach universal access to safe water before 2100.