“Water sustains life on earth. Ancient philosophical traditions, including those in India, recognize the centrality of water to human existence. The availability of water was a critical factor in the early flowering off arming and fishing communities along river valleys and coasts. With the evolution of human civilization, the uses of water have also diversified. From the basic requirement of drinking for people and livestock, to sanitation, to irrigation and now to more industrial uses. Floods, droughts, changes in river flow or tsunamis have continued to deeply impact societies across continents, often leading to rise and fall of civilizations. Some of these are deeply imprinted in mythologies across the world.”

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