Guaranteeing a water-secure world requires engagement of all: SG

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Girls pumping water with hand pump (Lucian Read/WorldPictureNews)

Water holds the key to sustainable development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in opening remarks on Tuesday at the Budapest Water Summit in Hungary.

He said we need it for health, food security and economic progress. Yet, each year brings new pressures.

The Secretary-General warned that by 2030 nearly half the global population could be facing water scarcity, where demand could outstrip supply by 40 per cent.

He said we must address unsustainable use, noting that this is the International Year of Water Cooperation.

Secretary-General Ban called for joint efforts to guarantee a fair share for people and the planet's essential ecosystems.

He said water is wasted and poorly used by all sectors in all countries and urged cooperation for sustainable solutions.

The Secretary-General called for water to be used more equitably and wisely.

But he said we cannot expect governments to do this alone.

He stressed that guaranteeing a water secure world will require the full engagement of all actors, not least the world of business.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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