The United Nations Water Conference concluded its work in New York on Friday by adopting the Water Action Plan, in which member states pledge to accelerate progress towards the goal of ensuring access to this vital resource and sustainable water resources management.
The plan was adopted after three days of discussions focused during the conference on the mid-term review of the implementation of the objectives of the Decade of Action for Water 2018-2028 announced by the UN General Assembly in December 2016.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the international community to set a new science-based curriculum to revitalize the water agenda, noting that all humanity’s hopes rest on decisive action. , inclusive and concrete commitments made by Member States and other parties to the Convention.
During the joint event organized with the support of Tajikistan and the Netherlands, he pointed out that “the commitments made at this conference will lead humanity on the path to a future where water security is guaranteed for each of us.” UN
Morocco was represented at this international conference by Minister of Equipment and Water, Nissar Baraka, at the head of a large delegation.
The UN chief emphasized the need to strengthen water space as a basic human right to reduce pressures on the hydrological system, ensure robust decision-making and smart policies.
The UN has noted the importance of developing new alternative food systems to curb the unsustainable exploitation of water in food production and agriculture. The official called for the use of a new global water information system that would provide plans and priorities by 2030.
According to him, it is necessary to integrate water and climate related strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide people with more options. Every person on earth is protected by early warning systems during natural disasters.
“We must continue to press for climate justice and global action to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees,” he said, stressing the need for every country to significantly accelerate investment to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6.
“Let’s take new steps now to build a future where water is guaranteed for all,” he concluded.
For his part, the President of the UN General Assembly, Csaba Kőrösi, said he was “impressed by the determination to unite us all in the quest to stop wasting water” and “amazed” by the ambition and unity shown by member states in the design. A safe future for all.
More than $300 billion was pledged at the conference, he hailed the “invigorating, collaborative, transboundary and transformative water agenda for sustainable development and resilience,” with “the potential to unlock at least $1 trillion in socio-economic and ecosystem gains.” .
“The outcome of this conference is not a legally binding document, but it still changes a page of history,” he said, calling for scaling up the promises made on the agenda. Action for water.