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Reports for collective awareness

On World Water Day, we collaborated with the magazine 5W and presented Agua, its eighth issue, a refreshing example of pragmatic realism. The well-narrated facts speak for themselves and raise collective awareness. The thoroughness, depth, and accuracy of the 18 reports on water characterize an enriching journalism that will help us to continue advancing on the difficult road ahead.

Too many questions and very few answers

689 agreements, but none binding. The recent United Nations Water Conference shows once again how difficult it is for the international community to deal decisively with the urgent sustainable and fair management of water resources. It would take 300 billion dollars to obtain one trillion dollars in benefits for humanity. Funds are available, but there is little will to invest. The good news is that water has moved to the forefront of the world's attention.

Who needs water, and what for?

A sustainable world must meet current human needs without compromising those of future generations. Therefore, it is necessary to reflect on what we understand by these concepts, the meaning of which varies dramatically depending on the human group to which we refer. The contrasts in access to water provide a reasonable basis for this reflection, which is essential if we are to agree on what we mean by sustainability.

Ethics against mercury in water

The search for solutions to the pollution caused by mercury used in artisanal gold mining reveals how difficult it is to deal with a semi-clandestine activity widespread in many developing countries, often generating an informal economy. Mercury causes death and keeps more than one million people worldwide chronically and silently ill. Developing global ethics for the gold market is essential to end dumping and provide justice for miners.

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