Water is life. No life without water. It is as simple as that! But it is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health; water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development.

Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water.

Although water scarcity is an increasingly pressing issue in many areas of the world, the global crisis of water and sanitation is not caused by scarcity or population size. It is a political crisis, a crisis of unequal and unfair distribution determined by money, power and influence: rich people have access to water and sanitation; people who do not have access are invariably poor.

  • 663 million people are still without access to clean drinking water, despite the Millennium Development Goal target for clean water being met in 2010.
  • 8 out of 10 people without access to clean water live in rural areas.
  • 159 million people use untreated water from lakes and rivers, the most unsafe water source there is.

In December 2016, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the resolution “International Decade (2018–2028) for Action – Water for Sustainable Development” to help put a greater focus on water during ten years.

Emphasizing that water is critical for sustainable development and the eradication of poverty and hunger, UN Member States expressed deep concern over the lack of access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene and over water related disasters, scarcity and pollution being excarcebated by urbanization, population growth, desertification, drought and climate change.

EuSAIN participates in the International Decade for Action 2018-2028: Water for Sustainable Development.

The new Decade will focus on on the sustainable development and integrated management of water resources for the achievement of social, economic and environmental objectives and on the implementation and promotion of related programmes and projects, as well as on the furtherance of cooperation and partnership at all levels in order to help to achieve internationally agreed water-related goals and targets, including those contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.