Citing India, UNGA President says world needs science for addressing water scarcity
United Nations, Feb 21 (PTI) Citing a project in India where farmers are using solar-powered pumps to access groundwater for irrigation, UN General Assembly president Miroslav Lajcak has said that the world needs science for tackling global water scarcity.
Noting that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for making sure that there is water and sanitation for all, Lajcak yesterday said water is critical for achieving all Sustainable Development Goals but world leaders are not doing enough.
Science now helps us to calculate how population growth and climate change will affect the availability of water; It helps us track the shifting of rivers in order to help predict floods; In India there is a project where farmers use solar-powered pumps to access groundwater for crop irrigation,ï¿½??
from Cape Town to Flint, Michigan."
Noting that 2030 Agenda calls for making sure that there is water and sanitation for all, he said water is critical for achieving all Sustainable Development Goals.
"Yet we are not doing enough, collectively, to achieve SDG 6 on water,ï¿½??
Four out of 10 people worldwide are affected by water scarcity.
"And focusing on people means understanding their plight.
We have to bridge the gap between science and policy ï¿½??
and the gap between policy and people.