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Basic element of life

2.1 billion humans do not have access to safely managed drinking water supply services, according to recently published UN-figures – three times the number which was estimated in the past. They do not have clean drinking water at their close reach or access is not available on a continued basis. Furthermore, referring to the same UN-figures, 4.5 billion humans do not have access to appropriate and safely managed sanitation services.

In 2013, the international year of water cooperation, the UN general assembly has declared clean water and sanitation as a human right. With the “Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development” the world community has embedded this human right into the sustainable development goals, i.e. in SDG 6: to ensure by 2030 the availability and the sustainable management of drinking water and sanitation services for all.

Through its engagement in the water sector KfW Development Bank contributes significantly to the achievement of these development goals and responses to global challenges such as urbanisation, climate change, global crises and migration. With its current water portfolio, KfW reaches 416 million people, who benefit from improved water quality, increased water security, more efficient use of resources and of improved access to drinking water and sanitation services.

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