The UN's "International Decade for Action - Water for Sustainable Development" is intended to put water in the spotlight over the period 2018 to 2028. Water is essential for the eradication of hunger and poverty. It is also an important issue for Belgium.
A severe lack of drinking water, sanitary facilities and hygiene are all still widespread in poor countries. In addition, urbanisation, population growth, desertification, drought and climate change all add to the problem. It seems that water scarcity will only worsen, along with water pollution and water-related catastrophes.
The UN intends to change course with this decade of action for water. More than ever, water needs to be managed in a genuinely sustainable manner. The UN therefore intends to involve as many partners as possible in order to achieve all the internationally agreed goals linked to water, including those laid down in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
A severe lack of drinking water, sanitary facilities and hygiene are all still widespread in poor countries.
In 2016, our country allocated 4.3% of Official Development Assistance (ODA) to water and sanitation, primarily through the Belgian Development Cooperation. This was a clear increase compared with previous years.