SDG 06: Clean Water and Sanitation

Pharmaceuticals are present in almost all the world's rivers, study finds

Pharmaceutical pollution: A polluted river in India.

Only two rivers in Iceland and one near a village in Venezuela, whose inhabitants use no modern medicine, were completely unaffected by pharmaceutical pollution. Image: Unsplash/ Abhyuday Majhi

Douglas Broom
Senior Writer, Forum Agenda
The Big Picture
Explore and monitor how SDG 06: Clean Water and Sanitation is affecting economies, industries and global issues
A hand holding a looking glass by a lake
Crowdsource Innovation
Get involved with our crowdsourced digital platform to deliver impact at scale
Stay up to date:

SDG 06: Clean Water and Sanitation

These are the drugs polluting our rivers.
These are the drugs polluting our rivers. Image: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Sources of waterborne antibiotics.
Sources of waterborne antibiotics. Image: Sources of waterborne antibiotics.
Have you read?

Don't miss any update on this topic

Create a free account and access your personalized content collection with our latest publications and analyses.

Sign up for free

License and Republishing

World Economic Forum articles may be republished in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License, and in accordance with our Terms of Use.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone and not the World Economic Forum.

Related topics:
SDG 06: Clean Water and SanitationWaterGlobal HealthHealthcare Delivery
World Economic Forum logo
Global Agenda

The Agenda Weekly

A weekly update of the most important issues driving the global agenda

Subscribe today

You can unsubscribe at any time using the link in our emails. For more details, review our privacy policy.

Grassroots to Boardrooms: Social Innovation Partnerships for Climate Adaptation

Gim Huay Neo and Saroj Kumar Jha

October 12, 2023

About Us



Partners & Members

  • Join Us

Language Editions

Privacy Policy & Terms of Service

© 2023 World Economic Forum