World Water Day 22nd March – Leaving No one Behind
The theme for World Water Day 2019 is ‘Leaving no one behind’. This is an adaptation of the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit from the availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030.
We will be showing our support by donating packs of water to homeless and vulnerable people this Friday with the support of Stonepillow a charity set up to support homeless people in the Chichester and Arun Districts.
We also continue to support our charitable partner Children on the Edge, a Chichester based charity set up to help marginalised and forgotten children, who are living on the edge of their societies. The charity helps children realise their rights and to restore their childhood.
At South Downs Water we thought it was important to highlight what the issues are globally for those living without safe drinking water. Something we all take for granted in our society.
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
Today billions of people are still living without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive.
Marginalized groups – women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others – are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human right. Access to water underpins public health and is therefore critical to sustainable development and a stable and prosperous world. We cannot move forward as a global society while so many people are living without safe water.
WHY ARE PEOPLE BEING LEFT BEHIND WITHOUT SAFE WATER?
People are left behind without safe water for many different reasons. The following are some of the ‘grounds for discrimination’ that cause certain people to be particularly disadvantaged when it comes to accessing water:
• Sex and gender
• Race, ethnicity, religion, birth, caste, language, and nationality
• Disability, age and health status
• Property, tenure, residence, economic and social status
Other factors, such as environmental degradation, climate change, population growth, conflict, forced displacement and migration flows can also disproportionately affect marginalized groups through impacts on water.
WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE?
To ‘leave no one behind’, we must focus our efforts towards including people who have been marginalized or ignored. Water services must meet the needs of marginalized groups and their voices must be heard in decision-making processes. Regulatory and legal frameworks must recognise the right to water for all people, and sufficient funding must be fairly and effectively targeted at those who need it most.
(Information taken from World Water Day Fact Sheet. For more information please visit www.worldwaterday.org )