The UN Water Conference is an opportunity to accelerate action for clean water and sanitation for everyone by 2030. The EU is bringing a number of commitments to the conference.
What’s at stake?
Without water there is no life. Access to water is a human right. It is also an indispensable resource for the economy – for food, energy and industry.
Water stress is increasing worldwide. It is driven by overdemand, mismanagement and the impacts of the triple crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution.
Unless we act now, almost half of the world’s population will suffer acute water stress by 2030. Urgent global action is needed to turn this around.
We need water for…
Food security: climate change and overuse of water can affect the availability and price of food.
Energy security: less water is used for renewable energy sources than fossil fuels, but challenges remain.
Health: clean, safe and affordable water is essential for people’s health.
Peace: transboundary water cooperation can be a catalyst for peace, rather than conflict.
Nature: thriving healthy ecosystems require clean water and can help mitigate the effects of climate change.
EU vision by 2050
- water security for all
- global resilience to water stress
- protected and restored aquatic ecosystems
- a fair balance between water supply and demand
- the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, without compromising the rights of future generations
The EU will advocate for
- access to safe drinking water and sanitation as a human right
- protecting and restoring aquatic ecosystems for sustainable development, climate mitigation and adaptation
- promoting a more integrated approach to the management of water resources across sectors
- promoting circularity in the use of water for industry, energy and agriculture by increasing water efficiency and water reuse
- developing transboundary water cooperation, as a catalyst for peace and security
- mobilising public and private finance, research and innovation, and knowledge sharing