22 March 2018
World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about focusing attention on the importance of water. The theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.
Sustainable Development Goal 6 commits the world to ensuring that everyone has access to safe water by 2030, and includes targets on protecting the natural environment and reducing pollution.
Regulation plays its own part in reaching these goals. Through constant monitoring and evaluation we know that a radical increase in water and sanitation investments is required to finance the Sustainable Development Goals. The current level of WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) financing is not sufficient to meet SDG targets to achieve universal access to safe and affordable drinking-water, adequate sanitation and hygiene. Statistics show that:
On top of all this 2.1 billion people do not have acces to safely-managed drinking water services while 1.9 billion already live in areas where water is scarce.
Water regulators do their best to suport the achievement of the SDGs, but it is through a common effort of a global scale that we can trully build the water conscious society of tomorrow.