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Leaving No One Behind

Access to new resource related to solving global problems added to PMWL

Resource provided by Sagar Gogate

26 April 2019 – Mumbai, India – Access to a new resource has been added to the PM World Library (PMWL) related to solving global problems, in this case access to clean water. The new resource is titled “The United Nations 2019 World Water Development Report: Leaving No One Behind”.

30% people worldwide do not have access to safe drinking water. 60% people do not have access to safely managed sanitation services. However, these global figures hide significant inequities between and within regions, countries, communities and even neighbourhoods. Poorly designed and inadequately implemented policies, inefficient and improper use of financial resources, as well as policy gaps fuel the persistence of inequalities in access to safe drinking water and sanitation.

‘Leaving no one behind’ is the core of the commitment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It aims to allow all people in all countries to benefit from socio-economic development and to achieve the realization of human rights. However, there are some sections of the society who are left behind and stay deprived of basic human rights to water and sanitation. The report published by Unesco on its website in March 2019, studies various factors leading to discrimination. It includes social dimenstions, economic dimensions, urban setting, rural poverty, refugees, displaced people, etc. It further suggests the ways to eradicate these factors to make sure the benefits of policies reach all. The report emphasises that these goals are entirely achievable, provided there is a collective will to do so.

As the sixth in a series of annual, thematic reports, the 2019 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR) examines how improved water resource management and access to water supply and sanitation services can help address the causes and alleviate the impacts of poverty and social inequity. It provides insights and guidance in helping identify ‘who’ is being left behind, and describes how existing frameworks and mandates, such as the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs and human rights-based approaches, can help ‘reach the furthest first’ through improved water management.

To access this new resource, go to the “Solving Global Problems” section of the library at click on “Access to Clean Water / Reducing Water Scarcity”, scroll down to reports. Must be a registered trial or full member and logged-in to access.

This new resource provided through the PMWL university research internship program; to learn more, click here