UN Water Conference: EU joins efforts to address the global water crisis and ensure water security for all by 2050

Daily News 21 / 03 / 2023

Economy - published on 23 March 2023


Source: European Commission Spokesperson’s Service



From tomorrow, at the United Nations Water Conference in New York from 22 to 24 March, the EU will be confirming its strong engagement for global water security by announcing 33 commitments for action starting now. These commitments will underpin the EU vision that by 2050, the world should be resilient to increasing water stress, providing water security for all.

The world is currently facing a water crisis driven by overdemand, mismanagement and the impacts of the triple crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. 40% of the world’s population live in areas affected by water stress. Water resilience is key to prevent and address the current and future health, food and energy crises.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said: “On the path we are on, half of the world’s population will suffer from acute water stress by 2030. The good news is, collectively, we have what it takes to make a difference. We have the scientific, technological, and policy know-how. And most importantly, we have the ability to learn from each other and the will to work together. With Global Gateway, we have committed over €1 billion to water management, working with countries in Africa and Central Asia to support livelihoods, energy, food, and peace.”

The UN 2023 Water Conference is the first of its kind in almost 50 years, aiming to mobilise global action for water resilience and security. The EU delegation, led by Commission Vice-President Dubravka Šuica, will present the EU voluntary commitments to the Water Action Agenda – a range of commitments that draw on a number of policy actions and EU laws, leading water technologies, as well as extensive support to partner countries on water and sanitation.

More information is in the press release.

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