[UN-NGO] Sister Germaine Price, representing the Company of the Daughters of Charity at the United Nations, shares the news below from the UN in New York:
In 2005, the UN launched the Decade “Water for Life, 2005-2015.” What has become evident in the reviews of the Millennium Development Goals and in the current preparations for Rio+20 is that the focus on water and sanitation must continue to be a central focus in trying to bring about sustainable development for all people. It is slated to become one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will focus local, national and international resources towards creating a “Future We Want.”
Water is essential for life. No living being on planet Earth can survive without it. It is a prerequisite for human health and well-being as well as for the preservation of the environment. However, four of every ten people in the world do not have access to even a simple pit latrine and nearly two in ten people have no source of safe drinking water.
According to the World Health Organization, each and every day some 3,900 children die because of dirty water or poor hygiene; diseases transmitted through water or human excrement are the second-leading cause of death among children worldwide, after respiratory diseases. Water scarcity, poor water quality, and inadequate sanitation negatively impact food security, livelihood choices, and educational opportunities for poor families across the world.
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