JOINT STATEMENT FROM MEMBERS OF THE GREEN GROUP ON THE OCCASION OF WORLD WATER DAY 22 MARCH 2020
On the occasion of World Water Day on 22 March 2020, the Members of the Green Group – Cabo Verde, Costa Rica, Iceland, Singapore, Slovenia and the United Arab Emirates – reaffirm and underscore their commitment to addressing the impact of climate change on water resources and to help find feasible and long-lasting solutions to relieve global water scarcity.
Water is in the DNA of all Green Group members. Cabo Verde, Singapore and the UAE face water challenges due to geographical constraints. Members like Iceland and Slovenia rely heavily on water for energy production, while Costa Rica experiences droughts caused by the El Niño phenomenon.
The World Health Organisation and United Nations Children’s Fund have reported that 2.2 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services.
The earth’s capacity to absorb water pollution and waste is finite. To ensure sustainable use of the world’s water, governments need to bring about a paradigm shift in societies from the usual mindset of “take, make, use, then toss”.
As we commemorate World Water Day this year, our nations fight the dangerous COVID-19 pandemic. We should therefore bear in mind that our collective response towards accessible, clean water for all counts more than ever. In order to successfully manage all forms of infectious diseases, coronavirus included, access to clean drinking water is a definite prerequisite.