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Flashpoints – UN denounces “vampiric” use of water resources in the world

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Flashpoints – UN denounces “vampiric” use of water resources in the world

The world’s water reserves are under threat Image: AFP

Just before its three-day water conference, the UN denounced the ‘vampiric’ use of water resources in the world. Water is the ‘livelihood’ of mankind. But this is threatened by ‘vampire-like overconsumption’.

Just before its three-day water conference, the UN denounced the “vampire-like” handling of water reserves in the world. According to a report prepared for the conference, water is mankind’s “livelihood”. However, this is threatened by “vampire-like overconsumption”. According to the report, around ten percent of the world‘s population lives in a country where water supply is difficult.

The world is “walking blindly down a dangerous path,” warned UN Secretary-General António Guterres. “Unsustainable water use, pollution and uncontrolled global warming are sucking away mankind’s livelihood drop by drop.”

The report came just ahead of the three-day UN water conference that begins Wednesday. Around 6,500 participants are expected to attend, including 20 heads of state and government, dozens of ministers and hundreds of representatives from business and civil society. Germany is represented by Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke (Greens). According to Guterres, the summit should draw up an ambitious program with concrete proposals for action.

So far there is no international treaty on the subject and no UN water organization. The last water conference of a similar size was held in Argentina in 1997.

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