By IPS World Desk
ROME, Mar 19 2019 (IPS)
Water is a precondition for human existence, and for the
sustainability of our planet. It is entwined with almost everything
human, from climate change and global economy to gender issues and
Worldwide, 100 million families are stuck in a cycle of poverty
and disease, because they don’t have access to safe water.
In some countries, women and girls spend up to 6 hours every day
walking to get water for their families.
Water-borne diseases kill more children under the age of five
than malaria, measles, and HIV/AIDS – combined.
In developing countries, as much as 80% of illnesses are linked
to poor water and sanitation conditions, and 2.4 billion people
worldwide lack access to a toilet.
Water scarcity, flooding and lack of proper wastewater
management continue to hinder social and economic development.
The United Nations’s Sustainable Development Goal 6 calls for
“ensuring the availablity and sustainable management of water and
sanitation for all, by 2030.”
Accordingly, World Water Day – celebrated on March 22nd – is
observed internationally as day to inspire people around the world
to learn more about water-related issues, and to take action to
make a difference.
This year’s World Water Day theme, “Water for All,” is
focused on tackling the water crisis as it affects marginalized
groups, including women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples,
disabled people and many others.
Source: FS – All – Ecology – News
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