Many of you have asked me questions in recent days about my views on the human right to water. I want to thank you for taking part in this discussion and encourage you to keep engaging on the important issue of water scarcity.
In my role as Chairman of the Water Resources Group, I have just visited the World Bank headquarters in Washington DC in the United States for 2030 Water Resources Group meetings and a high-level discussion on a water goal within the post-2015 UN Development Strategy, combining the Millennium Development Goals with the Sustainable Development Goals.
Water is one of the biggest challenges for sustainable development over the coming decades. Its effects can be felt right across all three pillars of sustainability – environmental, social and economic. There is one important dimension of the social pillar of sustainability that must be kept in mind: water for survival is a human right.
At the World Economic Forum in Davos at the end of last month, I chaired the constitutional meeting of the Governing Council of the 2030 Water Resources Group . On this occasion, the Council also approved the group’s
2012 Annual Report.
It has taken decades to realise that water security is a global issue. Today’s water security threat is unlike previous extremes against which we evolved and adapted. Because it is more gradual than hurricanes or volcanic eruptions, fires or floods, yet harder to escape than local drought and hunger, the risk posed by water scarcity is complex, silent, invisible and global.
18 December 2012
Video, IMD, Water Resources Group, water scarcity
I recently talked to the IMD Corporate Learning Network, part of the International Institute for Management Development, a Swiss business school. We covered a wide range of topics: water scarcity, the creation of the Water Resources Group, the lessons that the world can learn from India, moving from education to implementation, the pricing of water, and the role of bottled water. Please take a look at the video and let me know your thoughts and reactions.
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