India welcomed launch of decade for action on water

Vastavam web: India has welcomed the launch of an ambitious decade for action on water, expressing hope that concerted action by the international community will help in meeting the challenges of ensuring sustainable solutions to the requirement of clean water.”We welcome (the) initiative to launch the International Decade for Action on Water for Sustainable Development on the World Water Day,” India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Tanmaya Lal said here yesterday.Speaking in the UN General Assembly on the launch of the International Decade for Action on Water for Sustainable Development 2018-2028, Lal said the exponential growth in population, inadequately planned development of industry and urban centres, uncontrolled pollution and changing climate are together putting increasing stress on the availability of water.

Such a scenario has very serious implications affecting food and energy and health among others.The Decade, launched on March 22 on World Water Day, calls for a greater focus on the sustainable development and integrated management of water resources for the achievement of social, economic and environmental objectives and on the implementation and promotion of related programmes and projects, as well as on the furtherance of cooperation and partnership at all levels in order to help to achieve internationally agreed water-related goals and targets, including those contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Lal stressed that considerable work needs to be done globally to implement Sustainable Development Goal 6 of ensuring access to water and sanitation for all.”In addition to strong national multi-stakeholder action, this would also require genuine international cooperation through facilitation of relevant technological inputs and financial partnerships, he said.