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close this bookGlobal Water Supply and Sanitation Assessment 2000 Report (UNICEF - WSSCC - WHO, 2000, 90 p.)
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View the documentForeword by the Director-General of WHO and the Executive Director of UNICEF
View the documentForeword by the Chairperson of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council
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Open this folder and view contents1. The Global Water Supply and Sanitation Assessment 2000
Open this folder and view contents2. Global status
Open this folder and view contents3. Sector performance
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Open this folder and view contents5. Challenges, future needs and prospects
Open this folder and view contents6. Africa
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View the documentAnnex A: Methodology for the Global Water Supply and Sanitation Assessment 2000
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Access to safe water and sanitation is a universal need and a basic human right. Despite the intensive efforts of many institutions at the national and international levels, nearly 1.1 billion people still remain without access to improved drinking water services and about 2.4 billion have no access to any form of improved sanitation facilities. As a consequence, 2.2 million people in developing countries, most of them children, die every year from diseases associated with lack of safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene. This is one of the reasons why, since 1990, WHO and UNICEF have been combining their experience and resources in the Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation.

The Global Assessment Report 2000 presents the findings of the fourth assessment of the water supply and sanitation sector. It is a source of water and sanitation coverage estimates, and supports investment, planning, management and quality of service decisions in the sector. The methods used for Assessment 2000 differ from those of previous reports. By focusing on users as primary sources of data, rather than on providers, the report provides a more accurate estimate of the present state of water supply and sanitation around the world. As a result, the assessment provides the baseline and monitoring methodology that will ensure reliable and consistent statistics with which to report progress with confidence in the years to come.

This report is written for all those who wish to know the current status of the water supply and sanitation sector, including national government officials; sector planners and consultants; bilateral, multilateral and United Nations agency staff; staff of international and national professional associations and nongovernmental organizations; researchers; and sector professionals throughout the world. The Assessment 2000 also highlights the huge challenges faced in meeting the need for safe water supply and adequate sanitation worldwide.

The Global Assessment Report 2000 is an important step towards the ultimate goal of VISION 21, adopted at the Second World Water Forum, the Hague, 17-22 March 2000, which is to provide everyone with a safe water supply and adequate sanitation services and hygiene by 2025.

Price: Sw. fr. 35-
Price in developing countries: Sw. fr. 24.50
ISBN 92 4 156202 1