Each year on March 22, the world celebrates World Water Day to raise awareness of the global water crisis. A core focus of the observance is achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all, by the year 2030.
The theme for World Water Day 2021 is valuing water. Dean Mohtar participated as a panelist in a webinar organized by UN Water to discuss the value of water in the context of:
i) Food Security,
ii) Natural Resource and Environment Protections,
iii) Energy Security,
iv) health, and
v) Climate Change and Extreme Events.
The value of water is about much more than its cost: water has enormous, complex value for our households, food, culture, health, education, economics, and the integrity of our natural environment. If we overlook any of these values, we risk mismanaging this finite, irreplaceable resource.
The aim of SDG 6 is to ensure water and sanitation for all. Without a comprehensive understanding of water's true, multidimensional value, we will be unable to safeguard this critical resource for the benefit of everyone.