Fresh water is a priority says Unesco Youth Forum
- By: Andrew Iles
Access to fresh water must take priority over economics said the Unesco Youth Forum at their recent world conference in Paris. The forum, which comprises 22 youth non-governmental organisations, believes that potable and fresh water is a human right.
More than a billion people live without fresh water according to current World Health Organization estimates. A further 1.3 billion people have no access to adequate sanitation. Of the limited sources of water that are available, many are contaminated by industrial waste.
Young people have a direct role to play in the promotion of fresh water says the Unesco Youth Forum. The forum plans to teach fresh water issues in mainstream education to provide a clear understanding of what freshwater management and what waste, contamination, and pollution are. These learning issues will delivered through publication of clear definitions, guidelines, and manuals.
The UK based charity, Wateraid, which provides clean water and