Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems
08 January 2010
UN-Water’s new Chair, Zafar Adeel, will convene a meeting in Hamilton, Canada of more than two dozen leading United Nations water experts – commencing 2 Feb 2010. The meeting will plan fresh strategy for a coordinated approach to the global water crisis that threatens both human health and international security.
“This meeting of UN agencies comes at a crucial time, just two months after the UN’s historic Copenhagen conference on climate change and four months before leaders of the G8 and G20 nations meet in Ontario,” says Dr. Adeel.
“The global importance of water issues cannot be overstated,” he adds. “Virtually all climate change impacts are expressed through water in one form or another, including more severe storms and extreme floods, and rapidly disappearing glaciers, often called ‘Earth’s water towers’.”
“Meanwhile, nearly 3.5 million people die each year due to water-related diseases like cholera and diarrhea. Likewise, water scarcity and drought in many parts of the world is directly linked to poverty and high public health costs. And the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts worsening impacts in immediate decades to come.”
“My goal as the UN-Water Chair is to demonstrate the significance of water issues in global policy debates, including the ongoing financial crisis as well as food security, climate change, international peace and stability. Water is central to each of those debates but typically isn’t seen as such.”