The Issue Of Water Must be Our priority

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water-bottle-537x402As the world charts a more sustainable future, the crucial interplay among water, food and energy is one of the most formidable challenges we face. With little over a generation, out water there is no dignity and no escape from poverty. Yet the millennium development goal target for water and sanitation is among those on which many countries lag the most.

In little over a generation, 70% of the global population will be living in towns and cities, with much of the increase taking place in the inner city slums and squatter settlements of the development world.

The essence of this palpable is to highlights some of the predominant challenges of this increasingly urban future. Urbanization brings opportunities for more efficient water management and improved access to drinking water and sanitation. At the same time, problems are often magnified in cities and are currently outpacing our ability to devise solutions.

Over the past decade of years, the number of urban dwellers who lack access to a water tap in their home or immediate vicinity has risen by an estimated 214 million and the number of those who lack access to the most basic sanitation facilities has risen by millions. A percentage has had a hugely detrimental impact on human health and on economic productivity people are sick and unable to work to

expectation.

Obviously, water challenges go beyond questions of access. In many countries, girls are forced to drop out from school owning to a lack of sanitation facilities and women are harassed and assaulted when carrying water or visiting a public toilet.

Moreover, the poorest and most vulnerable members of society often have little choice but to buy water from informal vendors at prices estimated to be 30% to 100% higher than that of their richer neighbours, who receive piped city water in their houses. This is not just unsustainable; it is unacceptable.

Finally, I urge governments to recognize the urban water crisis for what it is a crisis of governance weak policies and poor management, rather than one of scarcity.Let us also pledge to reverse the alarming decline in poor investment in water and sanitation. And let us reaffirm our commitment to ending the plight of the more than 800 million people who in a world of plenty, still do not have the safe drinking water or sanitation they need for a life in dignity and good health.

edward frimpong/edu afrique

 

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