The world is in a water crisis, and children’s lives and futures are at risk. Today, over 1.42 billion people – including 450 million children – live in areas of high or extremely high water vulnerability.
Decades of water misuse, over-extraction and contamination of freshwater supplies have exacerbated water stress. Simultaneously, demand for water is rising due to rapid population growth, urbanization and increasing water needs from a range of sectors including agriculture, industry and energy. Climate change further compounds water scarcity through changing precipitation patterns and extreme weather events.