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Water for Prosperity and Peace

Access to new resource related to the impact of global water scarcity added to PM World Library

22 March 2024 – Paris, France – A new resource has been added to the PM World Library (PMWL) related to solving global problems, in this case addressing problems caused by increasing water shortages around the world.  The new resource titled “Water for Prosperity and Peace“ is the United Nations World Water Development Report 2024.

The United Nations World Water Development Report 2024, published by UNESCO on behalf of UN-Water, highlights that tensions over water are exacerbating conflicts worldwide. To preserve peace, States must boost international cooperation and transboundary agreements.

According to the new report published by UNESCO, on behalf of UN-Water, today 2.2 billion people still live without access to safely managed drinking water and 3.5 billion lack access to safely managed sanitation. The UN goal of ensuring this access for all by 2030 is therefore far from being attained, and there is reason to fear that these inequalities may continue to rise.

Between 2002 and 2021 droughts affected more than 1.4 billion people. As of 2022, roughly half of the world’s population experienced severe water scarcity for at least part of the year, while one quarter faced ‘extremely high’ levels of water stress, using over 80% of their annual renewable freshwater supply. Climate change is projected to increase the frequency and severity of these phenomena, with acute risks for social stability

To access this resource, go to the Solving Global Problems section of the PMWL at Under Global Social Problems, click on “Access to Clean Water”, scroll down to resource.  Free access; registration and login not required but please consider becoming a member.  At least try the Free Trial membership.

Editor's note: Are global water shortages, and the projects and project management needed to address those shortages (to save lives and prevent conflict), being ignored by the project management professional world?  The answer may be yes, more needs to be done.