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UNV and MDG 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
Target: to halve the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water
Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will require the ingenuity, solidarity, and creativity of millions of ordinary people though voluntary action. Efforts on the part of national governments, supported by the international community, can only complement what ultimately will depend on the full involvement of people all over the world. Six billion people have something to contribute. Recognizing this fact is the first step on the road towards harnessing this vast resource in a global effort to meet the MDG targets.
More than one billion people do not have access to safe drinking water and some two billion people lack access to proper sanitation services. In collaboration with development partners and working closely with communities and municipalities, the UN Volunteers (UNV) programme helps strengthen local capacity to ensure the sustainable use of, and equitable access to, natural resources. UNV also provides technical expertise in water and sanitation, supports efforts to generate income in an environmentally sustainable manner, and engages in activities such as environmental awareness campaigns and education programmes.
UNV’s work in advocating volunteerism focuses on the promotion, recognition, facilitation and networking of volunteer action, including:
Through individual volunteers, the UN Volunteers programme
Through volunteer-involving organizations (VIOs), the UN Volunteers programme
Through volunteer networks, the UN Volunteers programme
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