World Water Day 2024:  Water for Peace

World Water Day 2024:  Water for Peace

This year, World Water Day focuses on the theme 'Water for Peace', emphasising the important role of water in promoting harmony and preventing conflict. According to the United Nations, water can be both a source of unity and a point of contention between communities – especially when access to water is unequal or scarce. The organisation itself presents an alarming statistic: only 24 countries that share rivers, lakes and aquifers with their neighbours have cooperation agreements on shared water resources.

With the increasing impacts of climate change, there is a need to promote the union among countries to work together to conserve the Earth's most important natural resource. When we cooperate on water, we create a positive cascade effect across society that generates prosperity and builds resilience to challenges. It is in this context that the 2024 World Water Day campaign focuses on international cooperation.

the key messages of World Water Day 2024

 Water can create peace or trigger conflict: it can increase tensions between nations with different needs and interests – especially in a water-scarce region. On the other hand, water can be a catalyst for peace at all levels if an integrated and inclusive approach is taken.

 Prosperity and peace depend on water: bilateral transboundary water cooperation must be at the heart of governments' plans.

 Water can get us out of a crisis: UN water conventions, in addition to local actions, exist to unite countries around the same goal of overcoming crises.


Source: https://www.iberdrola.com/sustainability/world-water-day


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