World Water Day 2013: spotlight on Water Cooperation
We want to remind you that today, as every 22nd of March since 1993, the world celebrates "World Water Day". Those of you about to dismiss it as yet another marketing companies-orchestrated celebration, need to know that it is actually organized by the United Nations (ONU) as a mean to highlight the importance of the sustainable management of water resources.
In the last few years in the UK we have seen many campaigns aimed at raising awareness on the consequences of water waste, as well as legislations - such as the hosepipe ban - to make sure that a balance is set between those who have more water than they need and those who haven't got enough of it. Nevertheless, on a wider scale, the degree of the problem is still so severe to justify an international campaign.
Here's some statistics about the current situation, which, you will agree, don't paint a happy picture about the state of the problem. Did you know that, to this day:
- - The 85% of the world population lives in the driest half of the planet.
- - 783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation.
- - 6 to 8 million people die annually from the consequences of disasters and water-related diseases.
Lack of water is directly linked to poverty as well as to cultural, social and political tensions, therefore is of key importance that the world doesn't forget about those still struggling. But how can the situation be solved?
'Through cooperation' is the answer, and providing opportunities for people to help. For this reason, the United Nations General Assembly has declared 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation, to promote "an interdisciplinary approach bringing in cultural, educational and scientific factors, as well as religious, ethical, social, political, legal, institutional and economic dimensions."
It's never too late to get involved! To find out what you can do to help, please visit Unwater Official Page.