OPJCC Priority Issue: Water Issues
Water is a precious and sacred gift that we so often take for granted! We turn on the faucet and instantly we are blessed with clean water for drinking or washing dishes. Actions like taking a shower, flushing the toilet, using the hose to wash the car or water our garden are ones that we do many times without appreciating how fortunate we are.
United Nations, Water:
Water is at the core of sustainable development and is critical for socio-economic development, energy and food production, healthy ecosystems and for human survival itself. Water is also at the heart of adaptation to climate change, serving as the crucial link between the society and the environment.
Water is also a rights issue. As the global population grows, there is an increasing need to balance all of the competing commercial demands on water resources so that communities have enough for their needs. In particular, women and girls must have access to clean, private sanitation facilities to manage menstruation and maternity in dignity and safety.
At the human level, water cannot be seen in isolation from sanitation. Together, they are vital for reducing the global burden of disease and improving the health, education and economic productivity of populations.