This year’s theme for World Water Day, “Leaving no one behind”, adapts the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit.
Sustainable Development Goal 6 is crystal clear: Water for all by 2030.
Sadly, a mere 12 years before the 2030 deadline, billions of people still live without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggle to survive and thrive.
Marginalized groups, such as 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.
So, this World Water Day, held on 22 March, is about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are left behind.
Together with access to sanitation, safe 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.
Whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human right.