Dr Turk

March 2016

In 1993 the UN created World Water Day to focus on water’s critical role in the life of every global citizen and world peace. This year, on March 22, the UN reported that 3 of 4 jobs globally rely on water.  Moreover, by 2050 at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of free water.

This economic reality was the basis for the UN declaring Water as a core goal (Goal 6) in the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals.Goal 6 aims to ensure access to water and sanitation for every global citizen by 2030.  Unless Goal 6 is achieved,shortages could lead to conflicts between affected communities as people struggle over control of the source for personal consumption, to water their crops, and bathe.

In an article published in the Huffington Post on World Water Day Danilo Turk, former President of Slovenia and Chairman of the Global High Level Panel on "Water and Peace explored trans-boundary water coordination and how it is both life-giving and critical for world peace. With 263 shared river basins flowing through 148 countries collaboration is essential to achieve sustainable management of water resources to prevent wars, avoid environmental disasters and achieve a “Blue Peace.”