Jeanne Devine, Servas International Representative to the UN-NY, US Servas-Arizona
Clean Water and Sanitation, a UN Sustainable Development Goal, will be the subject of a conference in March 2023. Jeanne Devine, SERVAS International Representative to the UN attended a preconference in October.
Jeanne Devine attended the October 24th-25th preparatory meetings. Entering a UN meeting, you are surrounded by people advocating collaboration, equality, and a desire to make the world better for all. It is an environment that builds trust and inclusiveness to solve complex problems. Different viewpoints were sought, political differences between countries ignored, languages translated from English, Russian, Chinese, French, and Arabic instantaneously.
Access to water is a vital to human health. It is a global unifying issue that must be addressed if we are to survive loss of diversity in our rivers and oceans, degradation of our soils, floods and droughts. Csaba Korosi, President of the General Assembly, opened the meetings with this statement: “It is time to transform from reactive water management to proactive, science-based solutions to the water crisis.”
Participants offered ideas and action items concerning the five proposed interactive and inter-related water themes: water for health; development; climate – resilience and environment; cooperation; and the water action decade. All will be addressed at the March, UN 2023 Water Conference.
For more information, go to https://www.un.org/en/desa/water-and-sanitation-all-glass-half-empty-or-half-full.
Interested in taking action? Talk with other Servas members about water issues in your communities/countries. Share ideas for resolving water crises with like-minded individuals and organizations.