Friday, July 30, 2010
Below is a link to a great report and guide to help you understand what it all means to you.
Food and water watch tap water guide
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
[Reported on July 28, 2010]
By Gerard Aziakou (AFP)
UNITED NATIONS — The UN General Assembly on Wednesday recognized access to clean water and sanitation as a human right, a move hailed by water advocates as a momentous step toward a future treaty.
After more than 15 years of contentious debate on the issue, 122 countries voted in favor of a compromise Bolivian resolution enshrining the right, while the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia and 37 other nations abstained.
The non-binding text "declares the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of the right to life."
It expresses deep concern that 884 million people lack access to safe drinking water and that more 2.6 billion do not have access to basic sanitation.
It notes that roughly two million people die every year from diseases caused by unsafe water and sanitation, most of them small children.
Find out more about what this important and resounding declaration could mean for future grassroots advocacy campaigns to increase awareness of this life and death issue. Read the rest of this story at the following link -- http://tinyurl.com/2dn4pey
YOUR COMMENTS -- We encourage you to register your thoughts and reactions to this late breaking story. Share what you think this international declaration might mean for making more people aware of this critical issue!
Monday, July 19, 2010
Water for Humans works closely with local NGOs, community leaders, and government officials in a collaborative manner to help ensure the success of sustainable clean water solutions. As this recently issued U.N. Report on water and sustainability points out, using innovative technologies and forging effective partnerships with government entities are critical steps that need to be taken to begin solving the worldwide water crisis.
U.N-Water and the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB)
Key Messages (from U.N. Report)
- Water-wise, the world is in a state of crisis!
- A growing population, increasing water pollution and changing consumption patterns, in particular related to food, provide the basis for the concern that water scarcity and diminishing water quality will become a main constraint on economic and social development and environmental sustainability.
- Since water is essential for all social, environmental and economic activities, water is a resource that demands a sustainable development lens.
- The global water crisis will not be solved unless we find joint solutions and work collaboratively with planners, policy makers, and users.
- Linking water-related issues to decisions made outside the water domain is critical.
- Decision-making in all sectors has a significant impact on water resources issues.
Possible Solutions (from U.N. Report)
- Provide incentives for efficient water-use decisions and educate consumers and producers about the linkages between water and goods and services.
- Support the development and use of technologies and management approaches aimed at conserving water in production processes within water-scarce regions.
- Ensure that there is agreement on priorities and equity in distributing the limited amount of water resources available.
We encourage your comments on this report and the issue of how water scarcity and poor water sanitation affects so many aspects of our lives. Thank you for visiting!