UN Chief warns against water limitations by 2050

UN Chief warns against water limitations by 2050

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on World Water Day, 22 March 2020, announced that by 2050, between 3.5 and 4.4 billion people will live with limited access to water, with more than 1 billion of them living in cities.
Guterres’ message released on the occasion of the World Water Day was emailed to IRNA by the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) in Tehran.
The full text of his message reads as follows:
The world’s water resources are under unprecedented threat.  Today, some 2.2 billion people lack safe drinking water and 4.2 billion people live without access to adequate sanitation. Unless we act with urgency, the impacts of climate change are projected to exacerbate these figures. By 2050, between 3.5 and 4.4 billion people will live with limited access to water, with more than 1 billion of them living in cities.
This year’s World Water Day focuses on water and climate change. With 2020 a make-or-break year for climate action, this focus is timely. Water is the primary medium through which we perceive the effects of climate disruption, from extreme weather events, such as droughts and floods, to glacial melting, saltwater intrusion and sea level rise.
Global heating and unsustainable use will create unprecedented competition for water resources, leading to the displacement of millions of people. This will negatively affect health and productivity and act as a threat multiplier for instability and conflict. The solution is clear. We must urgently scale up investments in healthy watersheds and water infrastructure, with dramatic improvements in the efficiency of water use.  We must anticipate and respond to climate risks at every level of water management.  We need to urgently step up efforts to strengthen resilience and adaptation for people affected by climate disruption.  And, above all, we must use this year and COP26 in Glasgow to bend the emissions curve and create a secure foundation for water sustainability.
On World Water Day, everyone has a role to play. I call on all stakeholders to increase climate action and invest in robust adaptation measures for water sustainability. By limiting global heating to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the world will be in a much better position to manage and solve the water crisis that we all face.
UN chief names Swiss relief expert Philippe Lazzarini to head UNRWA
United Nations Secretary-General António  Guterres appointed Swiss humanitarian relief expert Philippe Lazzarini as the new Commissioner-General of UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), replacing Pierre Krahenbuhl, who resigned in November 2019.
Guterres had recommended Lazzarini to head the UNRWA earlier this month. The Agency’s headquarters are divided between the Gaza Strip and the Jordanian capital Amman.
Lazzarini’s appointment was announced following UN chief’s consultations with UNRWA’s Advisory Commission, UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.
He added that Lazzarini has more than 30 years of experience in delivering humanitarian assistance and coordinating international efforts in conflict and post-conflict situations for the United Nations, the International Committee for the Red Cross, and the private sector. He is currently the UN humanitarian chief for Lebanon.
UNRWA, which is entrusted to care for Palestinian refugees, has been in a financial crisis after US President Donald Trump cut funding for the agency.

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