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World Water Day: Safe Water Not Feasible by 2030 – UN

By Dare Akogun
The United Nations has said that the goal of safely managed water and sanitation for every individual might not be achieved by 2030.
The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, in his message on World Water Day at the United Nations Water Conference in Abuja on Wednesday, described water as what is vital to every aspect of human survival, well-being, economic development, and prosperity of every nation.
Guterres, however, lamented that water was being “poisoned by pollution and drained by vampiric overuse, with water demand expected to exceed supply by 40 percent by decade’s end.”
The UN Secretary-General noted that this year’s theme of World Water Day reminds the UN of the cost of these failures on the billions of people who lack access to safe water and sanitation.
He said “Meanwhile, climate change is wreaking havoc on water’s natural cycle. Greenhouse gas pollution continues rising to all-time record levels, heating the world’s climate to danger. This worsens water-related disasters, disease outbreaks, water shortages, and droughts while inflicting damage on infrastructure, food production, and supply chains.
“Out of every 100 people on earth, 25 fetches all their water from open streams and ponds — or pay high prices to buy water of dubious safety. 22 relieve themselves outdoors or use dirty, dangerous or broken latrines. And 44 see their wastewater flow back into nature untreated, with disastrous health and environmental consequences.
“In short, our world is dramatically — and dangerously — off-track to reaching our goal of safely managed water and sanitation for all by 2030.”
He urged all countries across the globe to do away with fossil fuels and embrace renewable energy, thereby helping to protect, sustainably manage and ensure equitable access to water for all.
Guterres explained, “This year’s World Water Day reminds us of our individual and collective roles to protect and sustainably use and manage humanity’s lifeblood for present and future generations.
“The United Nations Water Conference, which kicks off today, is a critical moment for national governments, local and regional authorities, businesses, scientists, youth, civil society organizations, and communities to join forces, and co-design and invest in solutions to achieve clean water and sanitation for all.
“Meanwhile, governments, businesses, and investors must take much bolder actions to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees, with the G20 leading the way. We must break our addiction to fossil fuels and embrace renewable energy while supporting developing countries every step of the way.”

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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