“Water is the driving force of all nature.” Leonardo da Vinci
Even though in Mauritius, we do complain that we are deprived from drinking water supply too often, we would undeniably not be able to survive without water.
22nd March is the World Water Day , a day where water is celebrated.
Water is considered as the essential block of life. This year’s theme is “Leaving no one behind,” which is the central goal of the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development. The sustainable development goal number 6 aims to ensure that there is availability and sustainable water management by 2030.
“Leaving no one behind” also coincides with water being a human right, as recognised by the United Nations in 2010. The argument is that the right to clean and safe drinking water is one of the basic foundations of humanity on Earth.
We do certainly live in a country where we can rest assured that we benefit from clean water. With the fact that there are billions of people living without safe water, it sends shivers down one’s spine. More than 700 children under five years of age worldwide, die every day from diarrhoea linked to unsafe water and poor sanitation. Around 159 million people collect their drinking water from surface accumulations, such as ponds and streams.
It is a noteworthy fact that World Water day is also coordinated by UN-Water.