Environmental LinksAlmost fifty per cent of the developing world’s population - 2.5 billion people - lack improved sanitation facilities, and over 884 million people still use unsafe drinking water sources. Inadequate access to safe water and sanitation services, coupled with poor hygiene practices, kills and sickens thousands of children every day and leads to impoverishment and diminished opportunities for thousands more.
Poor sanitation, water and hygiene have many other serious repercussions. Children - and particularly girls - are denied their right to education because their schools lack private and decent sanitation facilities. Women are forced to spend large parts of their day fetching water. Poor farmers and wage earners are less productive due to illness, health systems are overwhelmed and national economies suffer.
UNICEF WASH programmes are designed to contribute to the Millennium Development Goal for water and sanitation: to halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe water and basic sanitation.
The World Water Council was established in 1996 in response to increasing concern from the global community about world water issues. Its mission is to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels, including the highest decision-making level, to facilitate the efficient management and use of water in all its dimensions and on an environmentally sustainable basis. The WWC has been granted special consultative status by UNESCO and ECOSOC
To provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
The first International conference on Environment and Climate Change for Asian students and teachers – EC3o Asia-2010. This will be held from July 13-15, 2010 in Chennai, India. This is a rare opportunity for the young learners and their mentors to come together at a larger level with the main theme “Save Mother Earth”.
Unfortunately, the country is reeling under a severe water crisis and the harsh reality is that it is man-made. Frittering away nature’s most precious resource is costing the country dearly. The rivers, lakes, and groundwater tables are shrinking and are increasingly polluted with industrial, agricultural and human waste.