“Ireland supports international and national efforts to improve global governance of water and sanitation, most critically in the context where scarce and precious resources are adversely affected by climate change. Progress can be attained in many ways, from global efforts to adapt to climate change, including in the area of water resources management, to local efforts to protect current and future water sources from contamination. Water is the essence of life on our planet and we have a responsibility to ensure access to safe water not only for every person alive today, but also to preserve and protect this precious resource for the wellbeing of future generations.”

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