UN Declares That Clean Drinking Water is a Human Right
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884,000,000 people lack access to
2.600,000,000 lack access to
under age 5 die each year because of it.
443,000,000 school days are
lost because of water or sanitation related diseases.
The United Nations has officially declared that access to safe and clean
drinking water and sanitation is a basic human right.
The resolution was proposed by Bolivia and co-sponsored by
states. It passed with 122 states voting in
favor. 41 abstained.
Mikhail Gorbachev founded Green Cross International in
1993. He explains why the right to clean
water is so significant. "As population growth and
climate change increase the pressure for adequate water
and food, water will increasingly become a security
issue," he says. "As global temperatures rise, 'water refugees'
Gorbachev also says investing in clean water helps those in need
and the global economy.
$20,000,000 investment in low-cost water technologies
could help 100,000,000 farming families escape extreme
poverty. Dedicating $15,000,000,000
a year to the water and
sanitation millennium goals could bring $38,000,000,000 a
year in global economic benefits. Thatís a pretty good
rate of return in todayís financial climate."
The UN's resolution does not mean a sudden change,
but it adds pressure on governments to ensure the
well-being of their citizens.
UN will receive yearly reports which show and track the
steps being taken to ensure these basic rights.
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