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UN warns of 'imminent' global water crisis - DW (English)
Mar 22, 2023 59 secs
About 26% of the global population does not have access to safe drinking water and about 46% of people lack access to safely managed sanitation services, according to a new report by the United Nations.

While launching its new report, the United Nations warned of an "imminent" international crisis.

According to the report, the global consumption of water has increased by about 1% every year over the past four decades "and is expected to grow at a similar rate through to 2050, driven by a combination of population growth, socio-economic development and changing consumption patterns."

Speaking at a news conference, Richard Connor, editor-in-chief of the report, said that the estimated cost of meeting the goals is somewhere between $600 billion and $1 trillion a year.

However, with the growth in city-dwelling populations, "water allocation from agriculture to urban centers has become a common strategy to meet freshwater needs," the UN said.

The report says that because of climate change "seasonal water scarcity will increase in regions where it is currently abundant — such as Central Africa, East Asia and parts of South America — and worsen in regions where water is already in short supply, such as the Middle East and the Sahara in Africa."

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