According to recent studies, there will be twice as many urban dwellers without access to safe drinking water by the year 2050, and the demand for water in urban areas is expected to rise by 80%.
We must work together to share and manage water responsibly since it is vital to our shared future. UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay stated on the UN World Water Development Report website that as the world gathers for the first significant United Nations conference on water in the last 50 years, we have a responsibility to chart a collective course to ensure access to water and sanitation for all.
Almost one billion people globally already experience water scarcity in cities, and within the next 30 years, it is anticipated that this figure will rise to between 1.7 and 2.4 billion. This information comes from the UN World Water Development Report.
According to the study, water shortages affect between two and three billion people for at least one month out of every year, and they are also getting more prevalent in rural regions, according to The Guardian.
According to Azoulay, strong international institutions must be set up immediately to stop the global water problem from getting out of hand.
According to a UN report, almost two billion people worldwide lack access to clean drinking water, and 3.6 billion lack basic sanitation, The Guardian said.
According to the report, financing for water development abroad has risen since 2002, rising from $2.7 billion annually to $8.7 billion annually.
The Global Commission on the Economics of Water found that by 2030, worldwide freshwater demand would outpace supply.
According to the report’s lead author Richard Connor, agriculture uses 70% of the water that is available on Earth.
Connor told reporters at a press briefing at UN Headquarters that uncertainties are mounting, said UN News.
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There Will Undoubtedly Be a Global Disaster if We Don’t Address It, Connor Said.
Economic water constraints, including the failure of governments to guarantee secure access to running water in regions like central Africa, are a major problem, according to Connor. Moreover, the Middle East and northern India’s desert regions had the greatest physical water scarcity.
According to UN News, Connor did assert that the use of water as a resource frequently results in harmony and collaboration rather than strife.
Water is ultimately a human right, according to Johannes Cullmann, the president of the World Meteorological Organization’s scientific advisor.
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According to Cullmann, cooperation is the key to sustainable development, and water is a remarkably potent link. We should consider water rather than bargain over it.
The UN Water Conference, co-hosted by the governments of Tajikistan and the Netherlands, is being held in New York through March 24.