South Asian Countries to Face ‘Chronic or Recurrent’ Lack of Clean Water by 2050
South Asian Countries to Face ‘Chronic or Recurrent’ Lack of Clean Water by 2050.
On Tuesday United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres pointed out to the Security Council that of the UN’s 193 member states, three quarters share lake basins and rivers with neighboring nations.
"Strains on water access are already rising in all regions," Guterres said.
"Water, peace and security are inextricably linked," he added.
"Without effective management of our water resources, we risk intensified disputes between communities and sectors and increased tensions among nations."
The UN is prepared to address possible conflict stemming from scarcity by engaging in diplomatic efforts, Guterres said.
"If current patterns of consumption continue unabated, two-thirds of the world’s population will be facing water shortages as a daily reality by 2025."
More than 2.5 billion people already don’t have access to sanitation and more than 800 million don’t have access to safe drinking water, according to Morales, who presided over the meeting.
Bolivia has suffered devastating droughts in recent years.
Britain gave $30 million to such efforts over the past five years.