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TitleMeeting the MDG drinking water and sanitation target : the urban and rural challenge of the decade
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsWHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation -Geneva, CH, JMP
Pagination41 p. : boxes, fig., photogr., tab.
Date Published2006-01-01
PublisherWorld Health Organization (WHO)
Place PublishedGeneva, Switzerland
ISBN Number9241563257
Keywordsaccess to sanitation, access to water, evaluation, indicators, millennium development goals, monitoring, planning, policies, sanitation, sdipol, social aspects, statistics, sustainable development, water supply, who/unicef joint monitoring programme

This report provides estimates of drinking water and sanitation coverage in 2004, by country and MDG region. It compares progress towards the target, identifying which regions are on track and where progress is insufficient to reach the target. With ever changing urban/rural population dynamics, the Joint Monitoring Programme has analysed different challenges for urban and rural areas, including the inequity between urban and rural areas, the emerging challenges of the increasing population growth, and the low coverage in rural areas.

The report analysis how access to drinking water and sanitation services is evolving, looking into the trends in urban and rural areas and how these are related to the likelihood of achieving the MDG drinking water and sanitation target. It highlights the efforts to be exerted in rural areas where there are billions of unserved people against a background of almost static population growth, in contrast with the efforts required in urban areas where, though coverage is high, rapid urbanisation is under way. The report also compares projected coverage in 2015, based on the 1990-2004 trend.

The statistics presented here were obtained from users of services (rather than providers of services) and thus are not affected by differences in definitions and access from country to country or political influence in presenting coverage data. They are thus likely to be more reliable and more comparable than data from national official reports. Because of retroactive adjustments, coverage figures in previous JMP reports are superseded by those given in this report.

Custom 1202.3, 302.3
Original PublicationMeeting the MDG drinking-water and sanitation target : a mid-term assessment of progress


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