Today (March 22nd) is World Water Day, and on Sunday many of us heard the story of Jesus and the Woman at the Well in our church services. Water is a resource central to all life, but one many millions of people have poor access to.
reports on the importance of water to aid and development:
"There isn’t a global water crisis; rather, there are multiple water crises around the globe. Water problems manifest themselves in local communities and need to be solved locally. But the solutions are similar no matter the locality: stakeholder inclusion, cross-sector cooperation, institutional capacity building, reliable information, transparent decision-making, benefit-sharing, and, of course, technical expertise and financial resources."
Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #6 is to: “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.”
"Aside from the targets for safe water and adequate sanitation, other targets include water quality, water use, a cross-sector (integrated) approach, ecosystem protection, and even transboundary cooperation.
Those targets require massive changes in the way we manage water resources. If we keep doing it the way we always have – usually a fragmented approach with each sector acting unilaterally – then SDG 6 and all water-dependent SDGs risk not being achieved. Water is a key enabler to reach the ambitions of the SDGs."
Micah Australia and our coalition members are working towards seeing the Sustainable Development Goals achieved, by campaigning on Aid, Climate Change and Transparency. To help, visit our Take Action pages.