Global Water Conference 2015
July 02, 2015
Date: 6 - 7 October 2015
Location: Yangon, Myanmar
SAFE WATER: THE KEYSTONE FOR ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH, ECONOMY AND SECURITY
Safe water is a
critical environmental and public health issue, as well as a means to lift
people out of poverty and ensure human security. The lack of access to safe
water remains a problem for more than a billion people in the developing world.
Annually, 2 to 3 million children less than 5 years old die of diarrheal
diseases, a large proportion of which are acquired through exposure to contaminated
water. And global warming is exacerbating this crisis as severe, prolonged
droughts dry up water supplies in arid regions and heavy rains causes sewage
Providing safe water is an essential step for human health and development. Simple sanitation improvements, like digging pit latrines and treating drinking water with chlorine, filters and other simple, existing technologies can save millions of lives. The challenge is to put the right strategies to use in the right places, as needs vary from country to country. The long-term goal is to provide safe sources of treated drinking water and improved sanitation for all.
Myanmar is a developing country in Southeast Asia and falls into the category of least developed countries by United Nations criteria. The water infrastructure needs to be developed for the country’s further economic development. The staging of the Global Water Conference 2014 in Yangon is meant to create awareness on the importance of safe water and sanitation crisis to the country. This conference is designed to facilitate the implementation of the safe water policies and encouraging collaboration between those working on water and sanitation issues, and those working on environmental, public health, economic growth and other issues.
THE OBJECTIVES OF GLOBAL WATER CONFERENCE 2015
- To raise awareness on the importance of clean and safe water that contributing to a more sustainable water management in developing countries.
- To identify challenges and opportunities in improving water efficiency under the prevailing socio-economic, environmental, cultural, and political conditions in the developing countries.
- To facilitate an open scientific discussion platform to share knowledge and experiences between researchers, executives, decision and policy makers, private sector, and other stakeholders, on improving water efficiency in the various water supply and consuming sectors.
- To identify scientific and technological research needs and priorities in the field of water efficiency to aid the process of policies formulation and decision making.
- To identify key trends and issues confronting the sustainable accessibility of clean water.
- To provide networking and build business opportunities whilst engaged in discussion on pertinent issues with industry experts.
- To build a research and experience exchange network between individuals, institutes, civil society/NGOs and private sector in the field of water efficiency.
FACTS ABOUT WATER IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
- 780 million people in the world lack access to clean water.
- 3.4 million people die each year from water-related disease.
- 400 million children (1 in 5 from the developing world) have no access to safe water.
- 1.4 million children will die each year from lack of access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease.
- Access to piped water into the household averages about 85% for the wealthiest 20% of the population, compared with 25% for the poorest 20%.
- Almost 2 in 3 people who need safe drinking water survive on less than $2 a day.
- In many developing countries, women and girls walk on average over 3.5 miles each day to fetch water. Women often spend more than 15 hours per week gathering water.
- Diarrhea is the second leading cause of child death in the world today, and the top cause of child mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. This diarrhea is caused by poor sanitation, hygiene, or dirty drinking water.
- More than 1/2 of all primary schools in developing countries don't have adequate water facilities and nearly 2/3 lack adequate sanitation.
- Clean water is one aspect of improving sustainable food production in order to reduce poverty and hunger.
- More than 80% of sewage in developing countries is discharged untreated, polluting rivers, lakes and coastal areas.
- By 2025, the proportion of the world’s population living in water-stressed countries is set to increase by 2/3.
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