In 2015, the global community launched the 2030 Agenda, with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that should be reached by 2030. Some progress has been made, but for most of the goals, the world is not on track to meet the deadline. Water can help us do better.
Groundwater is the regulator of the entire freshwater cycle, but its invisibility makes it difficult to manage and protect.
Many of the most pressing challenges in the world are about water: too little, too much or too inferior. Such challenges can only be effectively addressed through adequate governance of available water resources.
Water is a growing concern in many parts of the world. Countries can improve their water resilience through transboundary water cooperation over shared waters.
The climate crisis is essentially a water crisis. When we treat it as such, we get new tools to mitigate climate change and adapt to consequences that are unavoidable.
Insufficient supply and inadequate infrastructure leaves millions of people in the world without water.
How to increase the productivity of agriculture around the world through better water management.
The global COVID-19 pandemic has pushed millions of people back into poverty and exposed unacceptable gaps between the rich and the poor. One in three people are still not able to wash their hands with soap and water at home.
Will future wars be fought over water? The answer is probably no, but water scarcity can contribute to conflicts.
Indigenous peoples are the custodians of many of the world’s most fragile and important ecosystems. They also possess invaluable knowledge about sustainability and resilience, so they have a vital role in protecting our environment.
The source-to-sea approach focuses on the strong connection between what happens on land, along waterways, and in the sea.
A growing number of people, societies and companies are discovering the power of resilient landscapes. It is still possible to shift to more sustainable practices that recharge water, restore soil health, sequester carbon, and strengthen biodiversity – but we need to make the transformation now.
More than two billion people in the world lack safely managed drinking water and twice as many lack safely managed sanitation, making WASH one of the most urgent development challenges.
More and more young people offer important contributions to solving the growing water challenges they are inheriting.
Having access to water and sanitation has been recognized as a human right since 2010. But water is also essential to ensuring the fulfilment of many other rights.
The levels of sanitation and water services coverage, and health attainment, are low among indigenous peoples. This exclusion from basic service has not been sufficiently studied. This review has analyzed 185 articles dealing with indigenous peoples and the water, sanitation and hygiene complex.
The literature is dramatically skewed towards water resources, and overwhelmingly focused on conflicts, at the expense of basic sanitation and hygiene. More initiatives towards the acknowledgement of indigenous peoples’ world-views and institutions in all aspects of the water management cycle are needed. To this end, the development of effective intercultural dialogue mechanisms is crucial.
It is estimated that indigenous peoples constitute some 370 million individuals, representing more than 5000 distinct peoples, living in more than 90 countries in all inhabited continents.
The UN has undertaken a number of political measures to raise the profile of indigenous issues at the international level, proclaiming two separate International Decades of the World’s Indigenous People (1995–2004 and 2005–2014) and establishing the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and a special rapporteur on indigenous rights, in place since 2001. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was approved in 2007, and was seen to be key in the struggle for indigenous peoples’ rights, because it explicitly recognizes their right to self-determination of political status and economic, social and cultural development.
Despite the progress in the international arena, the current situation of indigenous peoples is alarming. Indigenous peoples suffer a higher burden of disease; they have higher mortality than comparable non-indigenous groups and overall shorter life expectancy. The indigenous are also disproportionally poor. While they constitute approximately 5% of the world’s population, indigenous peoples make up 15% of the world’s poor.
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