World Water Day Emphasizes Global Access to Clean Water
The UN created World Water Day in 1993 to encourage responsible water management and raise awareness about how water affects every day of our lives. Since the world’s population reached 7 billion last year, it is imperative for everyone to have access to clean water for drinking, basic sanitation, and agriculture and food production.
According to WaterAid America, 11 percent of the world’s population still lack access to water. The UN estimates that agriculture accounts for 85 to 95 percent of all water useage in many developing countries.
Eleven InterAction members belong to the Coalition for World Water Day, whose purpose is to raise awareness on these issues and urge Congress to support access to safe drinking water and sanitation in poverty-stricken communities around the world.
Action Against Hunger blog: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Policy CRS Newsroom: World Water Day 2012: Let’s Drink To Clean Water For All PATH Slideshow: Microloan program in an Indian village provides access to clean water