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World Water Day 2024: “Water for Peace”

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Today, World Water Day 2024 calls us to action, to unite around the theme of “Water for Peace” and to leverage water as a tool for building a more stable, peaceful world.

Access to drinking water is a human right, but when water is scarce or polluted, or when people have unequal or no access, tensions can rise (1). This underscores the need to harness the cooperative power of water. Successful examples of water cooperation highlight its value in conflict resolution and community improvement. In Yemen, water user associations have worked to better manage water resources, reduce disputes, and empower women. Meanwhile, river basin organizations in Senegal and elsewhere are praised for strengthening livelihoods, development, and peace.

“Water bridges the gap between peace and prosperity,” said Dr Maria Neira, Director, Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health. “On this World Water Day, let’s harness its power to foster global harmony and health. Safe water and sanitation are not just life-savers; they’re peacemakers in our quest for a healthier, more peaceful world.”

Published today, the United Nations World Water Development Report 2024 presents the ever-increasing evidence of how water can truly underpin prosperity and serve as an instrument of peace. The report notes that rivers, tributaries, lakes, and aquifers know no borders. For this reason, over the years, water management has more often been a source of cooperation than one of confrontation.

Cooperation is necessary to harness water as a means of building peace and security. At the local and national level, different water users – particularly water and sanitation utilities, energy, food, and industry – must cooperate through an integrated water resources management approach. The health sector can further integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene-based guidance. Internationally, countries should form agreements and institutions for peaceful transboundary water management, including adhering to conventions like the United Nations Water and Watercourses Convention.

With information from WHO

San Miguel Times

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