UN / WATER ACTION DECADE WRAP

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At the launch of the “Water Action Decade” in New York today, UN chief António Guterres said the growing water crisis “should be much higher on the world’s radar.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 22 MARCH 2018, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

22 MARCH 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Safe water and adequate sanitation underpin poverty reduction, economic growth and healthy ecosystems. They contribute to social well-being, inclusive growth and sustainable livelihoods. But, growing demands for water, coupled with poor water management, have increased water stress in many parts of the world. Climate change is adding to the pressure – and it is running faster than we are.”
4. Wide shot, dais
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The growing water crisis should be much higher on the world’s radar. Let us work collectively towards a more sustainable world, and an action-packed Decade of ‘Water for Sustainable Development’.”
6. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Autumn Peltier, Water Advocate, Wiikwemkoong first nation:
“Water is the life blood of mother earth, whether its frozen, in the form of rain, or clouds, in rivers, lakes and oceans, water is around us and sustains us all. Everything is connected to this issue of clean water and this impacts our health and wellbeing.”
8. Wide shot, Peltier addressing General Assembly
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Autumn Peltier, Water Advocate, Wiikwemkoong first nation:
“My heart is in our land and water. my heart is where I come from. Ask yourself where your heart is, where is your spirit? My heart and spirit is where my community is and where my ancestors are buried and where the water is fresh and I can drink from the lake. My grandfather told me to remind everyone where your heart is, as we need our land to live, and we can't be here without the land and the water, we are all connected. My heart is not for sale and neither is our water and our lands.”
10. Wide shot, Peltier addressing General Assembly
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Autumn Peltier, Water Advocate, Wiikwemkoong first nation:
“One day I will be an ancestor and I want my great grandchildren to know I tried hard to fight so they can have clean drinking water. Our water deserves to be treated as human with human rights, we need to acknowledge our waters with personhood so we can protect our waters. Our water should not be for sale, we all have a right to this water as we need it, not just rich people, all people, no one should have to worry if the water is clean or if they will run out of water, no child should grow up not knowing what clean water is, or never know what running water is.”
12. Wide shot, delegates clapping
13. Wide shot, press room
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, The Netherlands:
“Water is a big stress, but the great thing about water, it’s also the leverage for sustainable development. It is the way forward. It connects almost all of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), and if we manage, understand, and value water better, we have a better pathway towards a sustainable future.”
15. Wide shot, journalists
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, The Netherlands:
“If we take care of our water, the water will take care of us. So, it comes back to us in a better way. And with that right for water and the right to water, there is a good mix.”
17. Wide shot, press room

STORYLINE:

At the launch of the “Water Action Decade” in New York today, UN chief António Guterres said the growing water crisis “should be much higher on the world’s radar.”

The International Decade for Action on water for sustainable development, or Water Action Decade, was launched today in a high-level event at UN Headquarters corresponding with the 25th annual World Water Day.

Speaking at the event, Guterres said safe water and adequate sanitation “underpin poverty reduction, economic growth, and healthy ecosystems” while contributing to social well-being, inclusive growth, and sustainable livelihoods. He noted however that the growing demands for water, coupled with poor water management, have increased water stress in many parts of the world adding that climate change was “adding to the pressure and it is running faster than we are.”

The Secretary-General added that water has historically proven to be a catalyst for cooperation, not conflict, but warned that without effective management of water resources, the world risks intensified disputes between communities and sectors, and even increased tensions among nations.

Guterres said the world could not take precious and fragile water resources for granted. He said water is a matter of life and death and called on leaders to “work collectively towards a more sustainable world, and an action-packed Decade of ‘Water for Sustainable Development’.”

Thirteen-year-old water advocate Autumn Peltier of the Wiikwemkoong first nation said water “is the life blood of mother earth; whether its frozen, in the form of rain, or clouds, in rivers, lakes and oceans, water is around us and sustains us all.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Autumn Peltier, Water Advocate, Wiikwemkoong first nation:
“My heart is in our land and water. my heart is where I come from. Ask yourself where your heart is, where is your spirit? My heart and spirit is where my community is and where my ancestors are buried and where the water is fresh and I can drink from the lake. My grandfather told me to remind everyone where your heart is, as we need our land to live, and we can't be here without the land and the water, we are all connected. My heart is not for sale and neither is our water and our lands.”

Peltier said she learned the value of water from her elders and believes that water is alive and has a spirit. She said, “One day I will be an ancestor and I want my great grandchildren to know I tried hard to fight so they can have clean drinking water.” Peltier water deserves to be treated “as human with human rights; we need to acknowledge our waters with personhood so we can protect our waters.” She stressed that everyone has a right to water “not just rich people” adding that “no one should have to worry if the water is clean or if they will run out of water; no child should grow up not knowing what clean water is, or never know what running water is.”

At a press conference on the side-lines of the launch, Dutch Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Henk Ovink, said the urgency around the water crisis is enormous. He said too much, too little, and polluted water creates stress all over the world while also stressing the impact of climate change. He noted that 90 percent of all disasters in the world are water related. Ovink said while water is a big stress, “it’s also the leverage for sustainable development.” He stressed that water connects “almost all of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), and if we manage, understand, and value water better, we have a better pathway towards a sustainable future.”

Ovink said water as a human right and the rights of our water resources could work hand-in-hand. He said humans have stewardship over their water resources adding, “If we take care of our water, the water will take care of us.”
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