Friday, 09 June 2023 06:56 GMT

UN Secretary-General calls for water-secure future

(MENAFN) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on the global community to work towards a "water-secure future" in his closing remarks at the United Nations Water Conference. The three-day event highlighted the importance of water as a precious global common good that unites humanity.

Guterres emphasized that water has a wide range of influence, from global challenges to peace and from human rights to gender equality. He urged the global community to take the next steps in achieving a water-secure future for all, highlighting the importance of the "Water Action Agenda" created on the margin of the conference.

The Water Action Agenda is a comprehensive plan that outlines a science-based course of action to address the world's water challenges. It aims to provide a framework for cooperation and coordination among different stakeholders, including governments, international organizations, civil society, and the private sector.

Guterres stressed that all of humanity's hopes for the future depend, in some way, on charting a new science-based course to bring the Water Action Agenda to life. He called on the global community to take concrete actions to make this happen.

UN General Assembly President Csaba Korosi announced that $300 billion had been pledged to support the transformative Water Action Agenda. He emphasized that while the outcome of the conference is not a legally binding document, it still turns the page of history.

The United Nations Water Conference is an important platform for raising awareness about the critical importance of water and the need for global cooperation to address the world's water challenges. The conference brings together experts, policymakers, and stakeholders from around the world to share knowledge, exchange best practices, and develop innovative solutions to water-related issues.

In conclusion, Guterres' call for a water-secure future is a reminder that water is a precious resource that needs to be managed carefully and sustainably. The Water Action Agenda provides a roadmap for achieving this goal, and it is up to the global community to take concrete actions to make it a reality.


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