A report published by the United Nations Institute of Water, Environment, and Health has placed Pakistan among 23 other countries in the “critically water-insecure” category.
The Global Water Security 2023 Assessment published by the UN University on Thursday said 33 countries in total from three geographic regions were water-secure while all regions had countries with low levels of water security.
According to a press release accompanying the report, the latest global water assessment led by United Nations water experts found that access to safely managed drinking water and sanitation was “still a pipe dream for more than half the global population, as more than 70 per cent or 5.5 billion people do not have safe water access, with Africa having the lowest levels of access, at only 15pc of the region’s population”.
“Three out of four people currently live in water-insecure countries. More people die from a lack of safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services than water-related disasters, reveals the new UN global water security assessment,” the press release reads.
It added that experts found the majority of the world’s population currently lived in water-insecure countries such as the Solomon Islands, Eritrea, Sudan, Ethiopia, Vanuatu, Afghanistan, Djibouti, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, Somalia, Liberia, St Kitts and Nevis, Libya, Madagascar, South Sudan, Micronesia, Niger, Sierra Leone, Yemen, Chad, Comoros and Sri Lanka.