OPEC bulletin 3–4/17
OFID helping to boost
access to potable water
In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated March 22 as World Water Day,
which is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with international governments and partners.
Each year, the event gauges just what progress has been made in the global community’s bid
to alleviate the world water crisis. The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include
a target to ensure that everyone has access to safe water by 2030, making water a key issue in
the fight to eradicate extreme poverty.
But even though great strides have been made over the years, the unfortunate fact is that
today UN figures show that around 1.8 billion people globally still use a source of drinking water
that is contaminated.
And as the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) points out in its latest
magazine, the UN also estimates that water scarcity affects more than 40 per cent of the
global population — a figure that is sadly projected to rise.
“Add to this the worrying thought that more than 80 per cent of wastewater resulting
from human activities is discharged into rivers or seas without any treatment and the
scale of the problem is clear,” OFID Information Officer,
, observes in the
OFID’s proud mandate has always been to help the world’s poorest countries and
giving them access to essential potable water is an important and continuing priority.
points out: “Access to water, sanitation and hygiene is a human
right.” In this regard, the Vienna-based institution recently signed
agreements that have helped the water resources plight of four
countries — Bolivia, Haiti, Lesotho and Lebanon.
Marking UN World Water Day …