UN chief commends Hungary for its leadership on water issues

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday commended Hungary for its leadership role in promoting better understanding and cooperation on water issues.

Secretary-General Ban spoke to the press in Budapest, the capital of Hungary where he participated in the Water Summit.

He said he was impressed by the big turnout of many leaders, representatives of civil society, as well as international and regional organizations from around the world.

"More and more countries recognize that water should be the source of common cause, not of conflict or not of concern. Hungary is playing an important international role in this effort. It is a leader in the UN Group of Friends on Water which is promoting wider understanding and cooperation on water issues." (23")

In his address to the opening of the Summit, the Secretary-General stressed the critical role of water in sustainable development.

He said people need water for health, food security and economic progress but warned of the pressures arising out of water scarcity.

Mr. Ban warned that by 2030 nearly half the global population could be facing water scarcity.

Donn Bobb, United Nations

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