WWD: 'Let all have safe drinking water'

This year’s World Water Day (WWD) will be marked on Friday, 22 March 2019. The theme for this year’s celebration is: ‘Leaving no one behind’, and it highlights access to water as a basic human right and provides a focus to reflect on why people have been left behind and how access to water and sanitation, and sustainable water management, can be drivers of change...


This year’s World Water Day (WWD) will be marked on Friday, 22 March 2019.

The theme for this year’s celebration is: ‘Leaving no one behind’, and it highlights access to water as a basic human right and provides a focus to reflect on why people have been left behind and how access to water and sanitation, and sustainable water management, can be drivers of change.

This year’s WWD celebration in Ghana will be used to highlight the various areas of disparities that exist in terms of access to water resources within the country, to enable stakeholders to consciously make an effort to address the issues and factors causing these disparities to bridge the gap, which includes the burden of water collection, particularly for women; and time spent for collecting water; rural-urban disparities, particularly in terms of accessibility, affordability, participation and accountability; and disparities due to geographical location.

The celebration will be climaxed by a durbar at the Akropong School for the Blind.

WWD celebration was instituted in 1992 by the UN and first celebrated in 1993 to draw attention to the importance of freshwater and advocate the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

Access to water is recognised by the United Nations as a human right, reflecting the fundamental nature of this basic resource in every person’s life. The human right to safe drinking water was first recognised by the UN General Assembly and the Human Rights Council as part of binding international law in 2010.

Lack of access to safe, sufficient and affordable water, has a devastating effect on the health dignity and prosperity of billions of people and has significant consequences for the realisation of other human rights.

People are rights-holders and states are duty-bearers of providing water services. Rights-holders can claim their rights and duty-bearers must guarantee the rights to water equally and without discrimination.

Ghana has successfully and respectfully earned the admiration of all, by not only achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target for reducing by half the number of people without access to water but also surpassing the milestones with about 87.2% coverage.

However, much more remains to be done as pockets of areas remain unserved and underserved with safe water. Also, various disparities and inequalities exist amongst the people who have access to water.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM



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