More than five million people, mostly children, die each year from water-related diseases. The increase in pollution and the rate of global water consumption means that forty-eight countries will face severe shortages by 2025, according to the World Health Organization.
There is international consensus – agreed in the General Comment of the United Nations on the right to water and the Millennium Development Goals – meaning that water is a fundamental right of individuals and access to it can make the difference between life and death, health and disease, economic development or cyclical poverty.
The support of the Office of JPIC of the Oblates mean:
- Increase funding for Acta Paul Simon Water for the Poor , passed in 2005
- Government policies and World Bank to guarantee all people to have equal access to water, mainly on the needs of humans. It is our belief that economic constraints should not deny anyone access to it.
- Protection of watersheds and water tables on the surface, especially in areas affected by mines.
- In our article on the impact of mining on water resources, published in the September 2007 “News JPIC” Oblate (Download the article in PDF)
- United Nations for Food and Agriculture; Unidad de Fomento and Water Management, FAO
- Towards solving a global crisis: International Year of Sanitation 2008