The fulfillment of all fundamental human needs is largely dependent on water and access thereof. Be it socio-economic development, environmental preservation, even poverty eradication, none of these goals can be fully attained, without water. Yet today, fresh water remains a scarce resource and access to it has even posed as a root to conflict across regions and communities alike.
In identifying our mutual interdependence on water and underlying need to preserve it; it is essential to engage in cooperation at all levels. This is with the intent to achieve more efficient and sustainable use of water resources in order to reap the mutual benefits and achieve better standards of living. As such, World Water Day is aimed at drawing attention to the importance of water and advocating for sustainable management of freshwater resources and promoting public awareness on the issue.
The theme chosen this year, ‘Water Cooperation,’ is in line with the designated United Nation International Year on Water Cooperation. It is aimed at promoting widespread public awareness to the significance of the water crisis and provoking a shift in the minds of people as of the importance of cooperating to address it. Cooperation on the management and governance of the water resource may be fundamental to overcoming inequality in access to water and reinforce collaborative efforts to poverty eradication, and improvement of living conditions especially for the youth.
We at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), look to the youth not only as the future beneficiaries of current action on the matter, but as key instigators of change and initiative within their very own communities. Cooperation on such a vital issue may contribute to overcoming several, political, cultural and social tensions and pose as a catalyst to building trust and peace across borders, between different groups, communities and societies alike.
As at one time quoted by Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900-1944); “Water has no taste, no color, no odor; it cannot be defined, art relished while ever mysterious. Not necessary to life, but rather life itself. It fills us with a gratification that exceeds the delight of the senses.”
Join us on this day, in facilitating dialogue on the issue as well as raising awareness to the potential challenges for water cooperation and promoting innovative solutions for nurturing water cooperation.
Let us sustain water for a better tomorrow!