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Clean Water for a Healthy World




Monday, March 22, 2010
The United Nations doesn't take water for granted.  Thank goodness...
Although it might be obscure to some, today is World Water Day, an international observance and initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro that advocates for improving water, sanitation and hygiene provision around the world.  Water is a basic requirement for all life, yet water resources are facing increasing demands from, and competition among, users.  UN-Water has chosen ''Clean Water for a Healthy World" as theme for World Water Day 2010. The overall goal of the campaign is to raise the profile of water quality at the political level so that water quality considerations are made alongside those of water quantity. "Many millions of people around the world face water shortages and a daily struggle to secure safe water for their basic needs.  Millions of children continue to die every year from preventable water-borne diseases. Water-related natural disasters such as floods, tropical storms and tsunamis exact a heavy toll in human life and suffering. And all too regularly, drought afflicts some of the world’s poorest countries, exacerbating hunger and malnutrition."  Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations.  To read the United Nations booklet for the International Decade 'Water for Life," please click here. [Source: WaterWorldDay.org]

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