Water Is a Human Right. But 2.1 Billion People Live Without Safe Water

Congress held a Matka (earthen water pot) protest on June 13, 2018 to highlight the water scarcity in Delhi. Photo: Congress (file photo)
Congress held a Matka (earthen water pot) protest on June 13, 2018 to highlight the water scarcity in Delhi. Photo: Congress (file photo)

As India continues to be an underdeveloped country, the politicians hoodwink the voters and win elections by promising basic amenities such as drinking water, electricity, and cooking gas which are scarce across the country. Click here for details.


Today, 2.1 billion people live without safe water due to factors such as economic status, gender, ethnicity, religion and age. Growing demands, coupled with poor management, have increased water stress in many parts of the world.

Climate change is adding dramatically to the pressure. By 2030, an estimated 700 million people worldwide could be displaced by intense water scarcity.

“Water is a human right. Nobody should be denied access. This World Water Day is about upholding this right for all, leaving no one behind,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres in his message for World Water Day, observed on 22 March.

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He added that we must encourage cooperation to tackle the global water crisis and strengthen our resilience to the effects of climate change to ensure access to water for all, especially for the most vulnerable.

“These are vital steps towards a more peaceful and prosperous future. As we strive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, we must value water resources and ensure their inclusive management if we are to protect and use this vital resource sustainably for the benefit of all people,” the Secretary-General said.

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