In 2000, the United Nations agreed a set of global goals to help eradicate poverty, improve global health and accelerate development. Known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) they were targeted to be achieved by 2015. The MDGs included targets to halve the proportion of the population living without access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation. The water access target was met in 2010. However, the sanitation target is one of the most off-track of all the MDGs.

Despite the fact that many targets will not be met before the deadline, the MDGs have been critical to helping advocates and citizens hold their governments accountable for their commitment to the MDGs, and for helping governments prioritize their services.

This year, on 25 September, we'll find out if that ambition has become a reality, when world leaders meet at the United Nations General Assembly.

They'll commit to 17 Global Goals - on issues including health, hunger and education - with the aim of ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, and fixing climate change.

If the goals are agreed, it could change the future for all of us, and our planet. And of the 17 goals, #Goal6 is the one we've been fighting so hard for.

It’s dedicated to clean water and sanitation, which means that, in just a few days' time, world leaders could acknowledge the critical role taps and toilets will play in eradicating poverty – for the first time ever.

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The Global Goals