The United Nations is seeking greater appreciation as a resource for water.
On today’s World Water Day, the German UNESCO Commission announced that more attention should be paid to ecosystems as the basis of human life and, in principle, that value. The importance of water cannot be equated with the price of its provision for industry, agriculture, and households.
2.2 billion people without access to safe drinking water
In its annual World Water Report, Unesco, therefore, calls for greater investment in resources and keeping it clean. According to the report, 2.2 billion people worldwide do not have access to safe drinking water. About four billion people live in areas that are affected by severe water scarcity for at least one month a year.
Given these numbers, Muller, the federal development minister, warned of the consequences. The international community should make even greater efforts to give access to clean water to all. The CSU politician emphasized in the “Rinseche Post” that the work was important, especially in refugee camps. Quote: “In the crisis surrounding Syria, where water is a scarce commodity, the distribution and management of drinking water is central to preventing conflicts.”
UN warns of refugee aid refugee movements
United Nations refugee aid also warned of the consequences of global water scarcity. Managing director Ruhenstroth-Bauer said that, particularly in relation to the effects of climate change, there is an urgent need for increased commitment in this area. Drought, desert expansion, or flooding can also otherwise lead to refugee movements and displacement.
The program “Environment and Consumer” on Deutschlandfunk also reports on World Water Day and UNESCO’s report.