It is World Water Day on the 22nd March. This is promoted by the UN ‘to draw international attention to the critical lack of clean, safe drinking water worldwide.’
Says the UN World Water Day site;
‘Leaders who adopted the Millennium Development Goals in 2000 envisioned halving the proportion of people living without access to basic sanitation by the year 2015 — but we are nowhere near on pace to achieve that Goal. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s said this in his message on World Water Day, to be observed on 22 March. Experts predict that, by 2015, 2.1 billion people will still lack basic sanitation. At the present rate, sub-Saharan Africa will not reach the target until 2076. While there have been advances, progress is hampered by population growth, widespread poverty, insufficient investments to address the problem and the biggest culprit: a lack of political will.’
To get some idea of how water problems are affecting communities around the world watch the following report from the Philippines. Here climate change is a part of the problem;
Thank you to Baikong for highlighting this.