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June 1, 2018
UNICEF supports countries in providing safe drinking water for children as a fundamental right stipulated by Article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN General Assembly resolutions on the human right to safe drinking water as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living that is essential for the full enjoyment of all human rights. The consumption of unsafe drinking water is one of the leading global health risks with children being disproportionately affected by associated chronic and acute health impacts. The Sustainable Development Goal target 6.1 aims for universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030.
The SDG definition of a safely managed water service is one that is accessible on premises, available when needed and free of faecal and priority chemical contamination. The 4th Edition of
the World Health Organization’s Guidelines for DrinkingWater Quality recommends a risk-based approach to managing water safety within a framework of healthbased targets and independent surveillance.