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World meets UN safe water goal

March 07, 2012
"For children, this is especially good news, Every day more than 3,000 children die from diarrhoeal diseases. Achieving this goal will go a long way to saving children's lives."
- UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake

The world has easily beaten a 2015 deadline to halve the proportion of people drinking unsafe water, the United Nations Children's Fund and the World Health Organisation said Tuesday.

The two UN agencies released a report saying that between 1990 and 2010, two billion people had gained access to improved water, through tools such as water pipes and protected wells.

The water milestone is one of the first Millennium Development Goals to be met. The goals, outlined by the UN, comprise eight targets to help the world's poor, including by improving living conditions and stopping the spread of HIV and AIDS.

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