World Water Day 2019: Leaving no one behind

What is World Water Day?

Sustainable Development Goal 6 is crystal clear: water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behind.

But today, billions of people are still living without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive. 

Whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human right. Access to water underpins public health and is therefore critical to sustainable development and a stable and prosperous world. We cannot move forward as a global society while so many people are living without safe water.

In 2010, the UN recognized “the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.”

The human right to water entitles everyone, without discrimination, to sufficient, safe, acceptable, physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic use; which includes water for drinking, personal sanitation, washing of clothes, food preparation, and personal and household hygiene.

World Water Day Facts:

  • 2.1 billion people live without safe water at home.
  • One in four primary schools have no drinking water service, with pupils using unprotected sources or going thirsty.
  • More than 700 children under five years of age die every day from diarrhoea linked to unsafe water and poor sanitation.
  • Women and girls are responsible for water collection in eight out of ten households with water off-premises.
  • Around 4 billion people – nearly two-thirds of the world’s population – experience severe water scarcity during at least one month of the year.
  • Water scarcity already affects four out of every 10 people.

Why?

World Water Day is an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference. 

What you can do.

Help inspire action to achieve the 2030 Agenda by joining thousands of other people on World Water Day to raise awareness of the water and sanitation crises and exert public pressure for change.

Learn about the importance of advancing sustainable development by reading the latest stories from around the world about what countries and organizations are doing to solve the global water crisis. This will help you make sense of what is happening and shape the debate.

Help energize the implementation of existing work by sharing stories and information through your social networks. Spreading knowledge and evidence will help you and others to raise awareness of progress and to hold elected representatives to account.

Change starts with you.

Below is a link to ‘The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World’, yes, this is not just about how to save the water crisis, but it is a start. There are things you can do to help the world from your couch to things you can do at work.

Alternatively visit https://www.worldwaterday.org/events for any events taking place near you and share this article to spread awareness!

All information from http://www.worldwaterday.org & www.un.org/en/events/waterday.