| 22.03.2024

Water for Peace

Today is World Water Day 2024 that seeks to highlight the advantages of water management as a means for peace, showcasing effective mechanisms and tools to boost cooperation and prevent water-related disputes.

On this year’s World Water Day, the emphasis is placed on the crucial role that water availability and fair distribution plays in societal and environmental aspects, as well as in the sustainable management of water resources. This day is observed as a United Nations (UN) event, raising awareness of significant water-related issues annually and inspiring action to address the water and sanitation crisis. It involves taking measures to combat the global water crisis, aligning with Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6), which aims to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030.

Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) aims to ensure access to water and sanitation for all. This goal is very important and concerns many people around the globe. Although significant advancements have been achieved in expanding access to clean drinking water and sanitation, billions of individuals, mostly in rural regions, continue to lack these fundamental services. Globally, 1 in 3 people do not have access to safe drinking water, 2 out of 5 individuals do not have the chance to use hand-washing facility with soap and water, and over 673 million people still engage in open defecation.

(Source: https://unric.org/en/sdg-6/)

Sustainable water management can imply a wide range of benefits for individuals and communities, including improved health, food and energy security, protection from natural disasters, access to education, enhanced living standards, employment opportunities, economic development, and various ecosystem services. It is through these benefits that water contributes to prosperity. Furthermore, ensuring equitable distribution of these benefits could foster peace.

Over 3 billion people worldwide depend on water that crosses national borders. This situation could potentially lead to challenges because when water becomes scarce or contaminated, or when communities and countries have unequal or no access to water, tensions over water distribution may occur. However, out of 153 countries that share rivers, lakes, and aquifers with their neighbors, only 24 countries report having cooperation agreements for all their shared water.

(Source: https://www.unwater.org/news/%E2%80%98water-peace%E2%80%99-world-water-day-2024-campaign-launches)

As the impacts of climate change intensify and the global population expands, it is inevitable that one of the most precious resources is saved: Water. Through collaborative efforts to balance the human rights and needs of all, water can serve as a stabilizing force and a driving factor for sustainable development.

We at CES are aware of the importance of water as a natural resource as well as the challenges we might face regarding water supply in some areas around the globe. We have implemented numerous water supply, wastewater, and hydraulic infrastructure projects in over 30 countries, and we take pride in making a meaningful impact through our work, addressing significant societal and environmental challenges.

When it comes to water, sharing truly is caring!


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