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World meets UN target for safe water

World's nations achieve UN goal to improve access to safe drinking water By The Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS (AP) ' The world's nations have achieved a U.N. goal of cutting in half the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water five years ahead of the 2015 target.

A report issued Tuesday by the U.N. children's agency and the World Health Organization said over 2 billion people gained access to safe drinking water between 1990 and 2010.

That means 89 percent of the world's population, or 6.1 billion people, had access to safe water sources at the end of 2010 ' one percent more than the goal of 88 percent set by world leaders at the U.N. Millennium Summit in 2000, the report said.

But the report said 783 million people still have no ready access to safe water.

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