‘Vampiric Overconsumption’ draining the world of water: UN

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In its conference on water security, on Wednesday, the United Nations (UN) urged governments to ‘better manage’ the essential human resource. 

According to the UN, about a quarter of the world’s total population has to turn to unsafe drinking water while the other half lacks basic sanitation. On the other hand, almost three-quarters of the recent natural disasters were connected to water. Addressing the conference, Secretary-General António Guterres said, “We are draining humanity’s lifeblood through vampiric overconsumption and unsustainable use, and evaporating it through global heating”.

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It is worth mentioning that ensuring access to clean drinking water and proper sanitation is part of the UN’s list, consisting of seventeen points that focus on sustainable development while coping with crises including hunger and poverty, climate change, and gender equality.

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The three-day conference starting in New York on Wednesday is not intended to produce a binding accord similar to the one after the climate meetings in 2015, in Paris rather it resembles the framework for the one focused on nature protection in 2022, in Montreal.

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SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INDIA – DECEMBER 23: Non bio-degradable waste floats on the river Jhelum on December 23, 2021 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India. The river Jhelum has been heavy polluted over the years with tonnes of solid and liquid waste from home toilets being directly fed into it without treatment. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)

The aim of this year’s conference is the “Water Action Agenda” and will include voluntary commitments toward creating a “political momentum”. On the occasion, the United States (US) pledged $49 billion in water and sanitation work across the world. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US Ambassador to the UN said the money will help to “create jobs” and “prevent conflicts”. Thomas-Greenfield added that it would also focus on protecting public health, reducing the risk of famine and hunger, and enabling countries to respond quicker in the face of natural disasters and climate change, respectively. However, she did not give a concrete timeline for the investments, or any further details on how it would be spent and where.

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Secretary-General António Guterres at the UN headquarters in New York City. Andrew Kelly/Reuters

On the other hand, despite receiving hundreds of action plans prior to the conference, the World Resources Institute (WRI) research group said some commitments “offer inspiration” while others “miss the mark”. According to the research group, despite being inspirational, many of the plans either lack funding and performance targets or fail to address the climate change crisis. However, the WRI singled out two projects with great potential of which one is estimated at around $21.2 million and focused on “climate-smart” agriculture and wetland restoration by 2029, while the other identifies approximately 1,729 companies that could make investments worth $436 billion.

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According to reports of the Financial Post, scientists, economists, and policy experts are coming together under the initiative of the Netherlands government for the Global Commission on the Economics of Water to recommend the phasing out of nearly $700 billion in agricultural and water subsidies, as well partnerships between development finance institutions and investors to improve the water systems, respectively.

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