The world’s water is “vampiric overconsumption” is gulping up the world’s water, the UN says, as countries meet to discuss security of the precious resource.
Water use is ‘draining humanity’s lifeblood’, UN warns
The United Nations has used its first conference on water security in almost half a century to exhort governments to better manage one of humanity’s shared resources.
A quarter of the world’s population relies on unsafe drinking water while half lacks basic sanitation, the UN says. Meanwhile, nearly three-quarters of recent disasters have been related to water.
“We are draining humanity’s lifeblood through vampiric overconsumption and unsustainable use, and evaporating it through global heating,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.
Ensuring access to clean drinking water and sanitation is part of the 17-point to-do list the UN has set for sustainable development, alongside ending hunger and poverty, achieving gender equality, and taking action on climate change.