Large parts of the world are struggling with water scarcity, others with flooding. There are droughts in vulnerable areas of Africa and Asia. Climate change often aggravates the problems. A shortage of clean drinking water and inadequate sanitation have a cost in human lives and disrupt the economy, as can be seen here. Water shortages and growing pressure on scarce natural resources are increasingly leading to conflicts: often locally, sometimes even between countries. In an increasing number of regions in North Africa and the Middle East, water and food shortages are leading to forced migration. The Netherlands contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through work on improved water management and drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). SDG 6, clean water and sanitation, has the following objectives:
sustainable access to clean drinking water and sanitation for the entire world populationimproved water qualitysubstantial improvement in efficient water useintegrated water management at all levels.
Between 2016 and 2030, the Netherlands will help 50 million people with improved sanitation and 30 million people with better access to safe drinking water. In addition, the Netherlands will contribute to more efficient water use in agriculture and integrated water management at all levels, both local and regional. The Netherlands is also working with its partners on cross-border water management in order to resolve conflicts at an early stage.