World Water Day 2019: Leaving no one behind
UNHCR’s report: one person displaced every two seconds
Children under the age of 15 living in countries affected by protracted conflict are, on average, almost three times more likely to die from diarrhoeal diseases caused by a lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene than by direct violence, UNICEF said in a new report.
‘In most cities and communities of the world, delivering [water and sanitation] services is the role of public water and sanitation operators, although many of them are struggling to provide reliable and safe services for all.’ In observation of World Water Day UN-Habitat Executive Director, Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif’s give her remarks.
Not having access to water puts people’s lives at risk. “Providing water is not an act of charity, but a fulfillment of a human right,” says Eva Barrenberg, Associate Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) officer with UNHCR.
“I’m a huge supporter of World Water Day… This year has seen the biggest piece yet, with a short film of 15 people who have been body painted to form an abstract ocean scene titled ‘Anthropocene plastic planet.” says Emma Fay, concept body fine artist.
The World Water Day will be celebrated at FAO headquarters. It will highlight how improvements in water resources management and access to water supply and sanitation services are essential to overcoming poverty and addressing various other social and economic inequities.