For the first time, international leaders meeting in New York City this weekend will consider a dedicated goal for water.
By Codi Kozacek, Circle of Blue
On Friday, September 25, representatives from around the world gather in New York City to adopt a new global agenda for sustainable development. The proposed Sustainable Development Goals are ambitious targets to eradicate poverty and hunger, safeguard natural resources, combat climate change, and achieve human equality by 2030. The goals replace the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, which sought to provide essential services to the world’s poorest communities.
For the first time, the international targets include a dedicated goal for water that encompasses access to drinking water and sanitation as well as improvements in water management and environmental protections. The goal is a victory for water advocacy groups that have long warned that failing to address water directly would undermine global economies, security, and efforts to improve the global standard of living. It is also a significant step toward elevating access to water, uncertain water supply, and increasing water consumption to top international priorities as global leaders prepare to negotiate a world agreement to reduce climate-related risks in Paris in December.
In a series of Q&As with water experts, Circle of Blue explores the significance of the Sustainable Development Goals for water, how they can be achieved, and how they will be measured.