MDG 7 and the moment of untruth
Yesterday (July 2nd) the UN declared that the MDG on water as been met, i.e. the number of people without access to safe drinking water and sanitation has been halved.
We should be a bit suspicious as explained in our latest post on TheWaterBlog:
“…Take Pakistan – the world’s 6th most populous country. According to the JMP coverage in 2010 was 92% up from the base line of 89% in 2000. These figures appear shamefully wrong. The first problem with the definition of coverage under JMP of course that it concerns the distance to the ‘nearest’ water point – even if this water point is non-functional, which in itself is a bit bizarre.” Read the full blogpost.
This really questions the make-believe nature of the MDG7. Will we be happy in 2015 to report progress that was never there for a country of 180 Million people? How do we get out of the fix? And how sure are we of our MDG7 ‘guesses’?
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