World Water Day 2019: Leaving no one behind

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World Water Day shines a light on those people who are missing the human right to safe water and sanitation. This year, with the main theme being “Leaving no one behind” it is focusing on the goal of providing water for all by 2030. It is also tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons of so many people being left behind.

Water as a human right

In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly explicitly recognized the human right to water and sanitation and acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realisation of all human rights. Yet we still live in the world in which many are deprived of that right.

Water crisis in numbers

World Water Day 2019 Factsheet

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 What can be done?

Civil society organizations should work to keep governments accountable, invest in water research and development, and promote the inclusion of women, youth and indigenous communities in water resources governance.
Generating awareness of these roles and turning them into action will lead to win-win results and increased sustainability and integrity for both human and ecological systems.

Download the full educational pdf Clean water and sanitation: why it matters?