The benefits of access to water, sanitation and hygiene cannot be underestimated. Satisfying the physical need for a safe drinking water source is the most immediate advantage of gaining access. But safe water is only the tip of the iceberg, as it can only be fully realized when there is also access to adequate sanitation and good hygiene practices. Access to water, sanitation and hygiene are interconnected and are also essential for achieving other development goals, including the elimination of poverty and hunger, reduction of inequalities and good health and well-being. It also has profound wider socio-economic impacts, particularly for women and girls.
Nearly every one of the other goals rely in some way on Water, sanitation and hygiene. Critically, the United Nations General Assembly recognizes access to safe water and sanitation as human rights.
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