In order to achieve the development goals of humanity we require a paradigm shift in our global relationship with water resources. To reduce, recycle and distribute water with effectiveness and equity are the keys to the sustainability of the planet. At the World Water Week in Stockholm, over 3,200 experts have shown and discussed the most advanced studies about this global challenge.
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Rubén shows his neighbours how to build a very basic rain collector. A simple transmission of knowledge that may save many lives as it prevents the consumption of contaminated surface water. In the rural areas of Tanzania, 18 % of the population only has access to water in ponds, lakes and rivers with no sanitary control.
One of the greatest challenges India is facing is to provide women with the access to decent and safe latrines and bathrooms. It is essential to end open defecation to move forward towards gender equality. Millions of women in India do not have access to clean water, toilets or personal hygiene. Apart from an important investment in infrastructures, this goal also requires substantial sociocultural and educational advances.
Poppy Taaibos needs to fetch water from her neighbours' house, which are more fortunate than her and also let her use the bathroom. Her younger brothers use the back of the house. This is the situation of four out of ten South African children.
The Foundation presented its new headquarters in India with a call for collaboration at all levels to meet the major challenges regarding access to water and sanitation. The event brought together proactive personalities in the struggle for this fundamental right that affects much of India's population.
The We Are Water Foundation will settle in India to be even closer to the greatest challenge related to the access to water and sanitation any country in the world has ever faced.
In India, millions of farmers await a rainy summer in order to survive. From June to September the country lives on the lookout for a monsoon that is more necessary than ever after last year´s disastrous drought. The farming sector looks towards India as a reference point in the fight against an aridity that threatens to devour the life of the poorest.
The assimilation of water as a social good should not lead us to forget that an investment in infrastructures and technology is needed in order to guarantee the supply, quality and environmental balance. The strained debate about a public or private management model tends to overshadow the real problems of the integral water cycle. Beyond municipalisation or licensing, we need to achieve an efficient management that ensures the water security both locally and globally.
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