August 1st, 2010

UN Declares That Clean Drinking Water is a Human Right



On July 28, the United Nations General Assembly voted to declare that access to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation is a basic human right.

Originally proposed by Bolivia and co-sponsored by 35 states, the resolution passes with 122 states voting in favor of it and 41 abstaining.

An estimated 884 million people do not have access to clean water and over 2.6 billion do not have access to basic sanitation. Consequently, 1.5 million children under the age of five die each year and 443 million school days are lost because of diseases related to water or sanitation.

Mikhail Gorbachev, who founded the environmental NGO Green Cross International in 1993, recently wrote an op-ed further explaining why the right to clean water is so significant. "As population growth and climate change increase the pressure for adequate water and food, water will increasingly become a security issue. As global temperatures rise, 'water refugees' will increase."

For full report read: http://www.care2.com/causes/human-rights/blog/un-declares-that-clean-drinking-water-is-a-human-right/