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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development


Progress on achieving SDG 6

Japan states that it has made various efforts to secure water resources and has built a water infrastructure. As a result, the water supply penetration rate now exceeds 98%, but since around 1965, there has been a nationwide trend of less rainfall, and droughts have been occurring in many areas. When droughts occur, they have a major impact on household life and social activities, such as the inability to prepare meals and use flush toilets, as well as causing major damage to economic and social activities, such as the shortening or stopping of factory operations for industrial water, and the poor growth and death of crops for agricultural water.

Access to water is a basic human right, and Japan has been working internationally on stable supply of safe water, improvement of sanitary environment such as toilets, and sustainable water resource management.

In response to the recent spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, JICA has been working with governmental organizations and development partners in developing countries to strengthen efforts to promote the practice of hand washing, which is one of the most important factors in the prevention of infectious diseases, and to supply the safe water necessary for this practice.

Read the full report here: Japan VNR


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