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‘Water Starts Wars, Puts Out Fires, and Is Key to Human Survival’

Human Wrongs Watch

Flagship UN report extolls win-win water partnerships to avert global crisis


© UNICEF/Omid Fazel | Clean water, basic toilets, and good hygiene practices are essential to the health of children in Afghanistan.

(UN NEWS)* — Water starts wars, puts out fires, and is key to human survival, but ensuring access for all hinges largely on improving cooperation, according to a new flagship UN report published on Tuesday [21 March 2023].

Launched ahead of the UN 2023 Water Conference, the new edition of the UN World Water Development Report focuses on twin themes of partnerships and cooperation. Published by the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the report highlights collaborative ways actors can work together to overcome common challenges.

“There is an urgent need to establish strong international mechanisms to prevent the global water crisis from spiralling out of control,” said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.  “Water is our common future, and it is essential to act together to share it equitably and manage it sustainably.”

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