The cross-cutting and mutually reinforcing social and environmental benefits of assuring equitable access to safe, clean, sustainable supplies of water have long been recognized as central to building and maintaining healthy societies and assuring environmental health and integrity. In a warming world experiencing ever-increasing greenhouse gas emissions and environmental degradation, water security has taken on even greater importance.
Marking World Water Day 2013 and The International Year of Water Cooperation, UN delegates from around the world met for a High-Level Forum at The Hague this past week to recognize key outcomes and recommendations of the Thematic Consultation on Water in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the culmination of an unprecedented “inclusive and bottom-up approach that is measurable, realistic and inter-generational that will promote an equitable and sustainable use of water for growth and development.
“Water holds the key to sustainable development,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stated in a video release. “We must work together to protect and carefully manage this fragile, finite resource.” (see video message below)