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MUCH WAS made of the Sustainable Development Goals’ ambitious 2030 targets when they were officially unveiled at the start of 2016, but the early pace appears to be lacklustre. The World Health Organisation is warning that goals around drinking-water and sanitation won’t be met unless investment in the sector is ratcheted up. The assertion is based on new figures from the United Nations (pdf).

These show that future aid commitments for the two focus areas are declining, dropping from pledges of $10.4bn per year in 2012 to $8.2bn in 2015. This is despite current spending edging up by 4.9% per year between these same dates. Four in five of the 75 countries studied report that financing for water, sanitation and hygiene is still “insufficient”. The UN estimates that overall capital financing from all sector needs to triple to $114bn per year. The SDGs seek to achieve “universal and equitable” access to drinking water and sanitation services by 2030. Under the Millennium Development Goals, which ended in 2015, the goal was to halve the number of people without access to both these basic goods. These targets were achieved by 147 and 95 countries, respectively.

Initial progress towards achieving the main SDG on...

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