On World Water Day, UN appeals for recognising the true value of water

On the Occasion of World Water Day, which is celebrated on March 22, the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged the global community to recognise the true value of water.  

In his message, Guterres said: “The value of water is profound and complex.  There is no aspect of sustainable development that does not fundamentally rely upon it. For me, water means protection.  A well-managed water cycle – encompassing drinking water, sanitation, hygiene, wastewater, transboundary governance, the environment and more – means a defence against ill-health and indignity and a response to challenges from a changing climate and increasing global demand. This World Water Day, we want to record and understand as many views as possible, so decision-makers are better informed and equipped to safeguard this human right for every person and every purpose. 

Today, we are not on track to ensure everyone has access to water and sanitation by 2030, as set out in Sustainable Development Goal 6.  While advances being made, current progress needs to quadruple to achieve universal access”. 

World Water Day, held on 22 March every year since 1993, focuses on the importance of freshwater. 

World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis. A core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030. 

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