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United Nations and World Bank Group Launch High Level Panel on Water
By admin February 5, 2016

The annual World Economic Forum (WEF), where world leaders come together to discuss the future of the world economy, recently took place from January 20-23rd in Davos, Switzerland. At the Forum, the Secretary- General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, and the President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, jointly announced their intention to form an emergency panel of heads of state to work together and implement a global political response to the global water shortage crisis. The announcement comes days after WEF’s released the Global Risk Report 2016 that lists water as the number one global risk of highest concern in the next ten years and fifth year in a row as a top three global risk of highest impact.TBGblogpic

According to the UN, roughly one-third of the world’s population now lives in water-stressed areas, and nearly a billion people still live without access to safe drinking water. Furthermore, 90% of all disasters are water related and by 2050 the world will only contain 60% of the water it needs. With consensus on the status of water as being a major global risk, the international community has the commitment and obligation to work together.

This announcement, welcomed by the World Water Council, is an important step forward in tackling global challenges related to development and sustainability. The issue of water scarcity has been addressed by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in years past, but was not a coordinated high-level political project. With this high-level political collaboration and engagement, there is optimism in the ability to create and implement tangible water strategies.

According to the World Bank President Kim, attaining the SDGs goal of water security is vital to attaining other SDGs goals relating to food, energy, and climate security. The world has already been experiencing social tensions and resulting conflicts over access to water, especially in water-scarce regions in parts of Africa, the Middle East, and south Asia. These tensions have been recognized globally and the fact that conflicts will only escalate as time goes by without addressing the global water crisis.

The panel will meet regularly from now until 2018 and will be co-chaired by the Presidents of Mauritius and Mexico, and will comprise a group of eight other heads of State/Government from developed and developing countries. The panel will focus on motivating action and promoting efforts to mobilize financial resources and implantation strategies.

For more information:

www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2016/jan/21/ban-ki-moon-gathers-heads-of-state-for-political-response-to-water-scarcity

www.worldwatercouncil.org/news/news-single/article/world-water-council-welcomes-high-level-panel-on-water/

www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2016/01/21/united-nations-world-bank-group-launch-high-level-panel-on-water

www.weforum.org/agenda/2015/01/why-world-water-crises-are-a-top-global-risk/


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