“The sustainable management of water resources is the basis for implementing the universal human rights to clean drinking water and sanitation. It is also a precondition for achieving many other of the Sustainable Development Goals in the 2030 Agenda. These include, for example, reducing poverty (Goal 1), combating hunger (Goal 2) and preserving ecosystems and biodiversity (Goal 15). Moreover, this issue is also closely linked with Goal 14, protecting the oceans, as a considerable share of marine pollution comes from river basins. However, population growth, urbanization, rising water demand in agriculture and industry and a changing climate make sustainable water management a challenge for countries around the globe.”

Country statement at the General Assembly on World Water Day, during the High Level Event for the Formal Launch of the International Decade for Action: “Water for Sustainable Development 2018-2028.
UN Headquarters, New York, 22 March 2018