In accordance to the Millennium Development Goald 7 (MDG 7), and to the discussions taken place during Rio+20 Conference, safe drinking water must be garanteed for all and this resource must be wisely managed for sustainable development.
Expanding safe drinking water and sanitation services would drastically cut the loss of life from water-related illnesses and free up scarce resources in developing countries. Upgrading water supply and sanitation services can also improve education, allowing more children or event adults to attend school instead of spending hours each day collecting water. It would also save million of work days.
To address this issue will require strengthening education, training, capacity-building and awareness raising efforts on the sustainable management of freshwater resources. It will also require enhancing the knowledge base necessary for informed decision-making processes in relation to water management and consumption, and developing sustainability policies which address global risks, including those associated with water, in an integrated and coordinated manner.
- UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme
- UNESCO's World Water Assessment Programme
- Rio+20 Conference Official Website