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Press Release - General Assembly High-level Meeting on Water



Press Release - General Assembly High-level Meeting on Water


Rome, 18 March 2021 – “At this historic juncture, the responsible management of natural resources, and, in particular, of water, can help avert environmental and social disasters; strengthen the resilience of food and water systems; and mitigate the effects of the pandemic on global poverty and food insecurity. For this reason, Goal 6 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (i.e., the goal of ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all) must be a priority on the political agenda, as we strive for an inclusive and sustainable post-pandemic world.” As much was stated by Minister of Ecological Transition, Roberto Cingolani, at today’s Meeting on Water convened by the President of the UN General Assembly.

“We are living in a time where our future and our well-being are at risk, with the emergence of new disparities and vulnerabilities: pro capita water supply is diminishing due to the increase in the population and in demand for water from some sectors of production, namely, agriculture, manufacturing and energy,” quoting Minister Cingolani at the meeting, entitled, Urgent Action on Water for 2030 and a Sustainable and Resilient Recovery from the Covid-19 Pandemic. “At the same time,” he went on to say, “more and more regions of the globe have been affected by water scarcity, desertification and the negative impacts of climate change.”

“Water is a vital asset for all human beings and a focal point for all cultures,” the Minister stated, “as declared by the General Assembly in 2010, the right to safe and clean drinking water and to sanitation is a human right essential to the full realization of life and all other human rights. In this perspective, Goal 6 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a pivotal achievement. Italy has long been supporting developing Countries in their implementation of SDG 6. We promote an inclusive and integrated management of water resources as a key factor for sustainable development, well-being and conflict prevention. We have also supported participation of local communities in water management in rural areas, promoting efficient irrigation in agriculture.”

“Italy,” Mr. Cingolani continued, “is working hard to improve its management of water resources; to develop new technologies; and through EU legislation, to articulate a holistic approach and new governance capable of harmonizing our various needs tied to water, that is, those deriving from the agricultural, urban and industrial sectors with those linked to pollution, climate and protection of biodiversity. This approach is fundamental if we want to pursue an inclusive ecological transition.”