Water and Environment

Goal 7 of the MDGs

Water and Environmental Sustainability - making it real


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The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Achieve universal primary education
Promote gender equality and empower women
Reduce child mortality
Improve maternal health
Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
Ensure environmental sustainability
Develop a global partnership for develo


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Global Health

Investment in health not only alleviates suffering, but increases human capital and helps avoid inter-generational transmission of poverty. This year’s program will highlight opportunities to dramatically improve global health with existing tools and knowledge.

There is much to do. Unclean water and poor sanitation directly cause millions of deaths each year. Lack of basic nutrition kills 3.5 million children under the age of five, annually. Disease burdens borne by adolescent girls and young women are disproportionately harsh, and in turn are passed on to their own children. Facing these challenges head-on will require a massive investment to expand the health workforce in developing countries by four million people.

There are many promising opportunities to make a difference in each of these areas.

The Global Health Working Group sessions will address:

  • Expanding provision of safe drinking water and sanitation
  • Ensuring that mothers and their children have adequate nutrition
  • Helping adolescent girls care for themselves and their families
  • Training and managing the largest expansion of health workers in history



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Closing remarks by Gordon Brown, Prime Minister, UK on Globalisation and the Creation of a Global Peace Corps

“Let us change the world, together” said Gordon Brown at the end of a riveting speech on globalization at the Clinton Global Initiative.


DAVOS January, 2008

At World Economic Forum, Ban Ki-moon pledges action on water resources

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Davos, Switzerland

24 January 2008 – Cautioning that a shortage of water resources could spell increased conflicts in the future, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told participants at the World Economic Forum in Davos today that the United Nations will take action to address the problem in the context of reaching global anti-poverty targets.

“Our experiences tell us that environmental stress, due to lack of water, may lead to conflict, and would be greater in poor nations,” Mr. Ban told leaders from governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, industry, academia and the arts attending the annual meeting in Davos.

“Population growth will make the problem worse. So will climate change. As the global economy grows, so will its thirst. Many more conflicts lie just over the horizon,” he warned.

The Secretary-General cited a recent report by International Alert identifying 46 countries, home to 2.7 billion people, where climate change and water-related crises create a high risk of violent conflict. A further 56 countries, representing another 1.2 billion people, are at high risk of political instability, according to the study.

“This is not an issue of rich or poor, north or south,” he said, pointing to examples of water problems in China, the United States, Spain, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Republic of Korea. “All regions are experiencing the problem.”

The Secretary-General emphasized that water resources must be protected. “There is still enough water for all of us – but only so long as we keep it clean, use it more wisely, and share it fairly,” he said.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which call for halving the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water by 2015, are key to this effort, he said.

Mr. Ban announced that he would gather world leaders at the UN this September “for a critical high-level meeting on the MDGs, focusing in particular on Africa.”

While emphasizing that “governments must engage and lead,” he said the private sector also has a role to play in this effort.

The United Nations Global Compact – an initiative aimed at making globalization more equitable by promoting human rights, labour and environmental standards – last July launched its “CEO Water Mandate” to galvanize businesses in this effort.

“Only about 20 companies have joined the CEO Water Mandate. A drop in the bucket, perhaps, but I like to think it is a small wave that will gather force and spread across the globe,” said Mr. Ban.  READ MORE


At the United Nations in 2000, 189 Leaders of our countries stood up for Peace, Ending Poverty, Environmental Sustainability by the year 2015. These grand intentions were articulated in the Millennium Declaration from which were extrapolated 8 Goals for urgent attention and action, with an overarching objective of releasing the innate energies of more than one billion people currently in a quagmire of abject poverty, disease, desolation, and environmental degradation.

Muriella's Corner focuses on Goal 7 -

  • Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes; reverse loss of environmental resources.
  • Reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water.
  • Achieve significant improvement in lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers, by 2020. (Source: millenniumcampaign.org)

We are at the crossroads and mid point of action - let us make it happen! In partnership, all things are possible - Goal 8 provides the platform to make Goal 7 real!

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Water is a vitally important component of any valuable and useful nutrition plan. This statement is hardly earth shattering or groundbreaking and few (if any) jaws will drop at the sight of it. It is common knowledge that water is essential to our survival as living beings. Most people are very well aware of this fact, but do they really know why water is so essential? What does water do in our bodies and why does it make a difference what kind of water we drink? Is a water filter truly necessary and worth its price? Read on to learn the answers to these questions and find out how much you know (or don’t know) about that magical, life-giving fluid: water.

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Depending upon whom you ask, water makes up anywhere from 60% to 90% of our body’s matter. Not only is water essential for ensuring our survival as human beings, it is also essential for the survival of the earth and all living organisms on it. In its simplest, most pure form, water is a molecular compound composed of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. Although water contains no calories, it is absolutely essential for maintaining energy levels, regulating body temperature, controlling cravings, and cushioning sensitive organs, tissues, and joints within the body. Water is the substance that ensures that our bodies continue to run; water also ensures that they run efficiently. Read More...


Most of my work took me to developing countries over short and long periods, working with communities, governments and not-for-profit agencies in the drilling of wells, installation of handpumps, building of latrines.

The theme of water vibrates around the globe. In most developing countries, water quantity and water quality are main hurdles for the people. In others, water quality is the main challenge.

I have seen, first hand, the pain and suffering diseases cause to families who ingest and bathe in water populated by parasites - diseases like dracunculiasis (guinea worm), schisostomiasis,bilharziasis, and all the -isises- you can think of. People's lives are very affected, too ill to work, not enough time to go to school as fetching water is one of the main duties, especially of girls, and so on. But they are forced to drink what is available, even though the source is questionable.

They have no CHOICE.

On the other hand, in the developed countries, there is no lack of water. In the quest to make the water potable, many chemicals are added. One of the most insidious is chlorine. But, since exotic diseases are not present in the water supply, people are hardly concerned about the chemicals and as such continue to drink,shower and bathe in chlorinated water (swimming pools reek of chlorine).

Some are buying bottled water, but here again, hardly any attention is given to health issues - e.g. the water source from which the water is bottled is questionable; the plastic containers are questionable, pollution issues, the financial costs of buying a bottle of water - not enough to drink per day; no attention given to the water used for showering, bathing, cooking, etc., etc.

What is to be done?

The most important thing, we believe, is for people to know that they have a choice.

Information propelled them to be users of bottled water, to choose to drink bottled water instead of tap water. But if their grasp of what propelled them is understood overall, they would also be concerned about the water used for showering, bathing, cooking.

We have prepared a comprehensive newsletter on Water with the following headings:

The Water Cure

Different types of water

Bottled Water - clear choices

Brands of Bottled Water;

Filtration systems

Chlorine and cancer?

Chlorine and Asthma?

Testimony on drinking water

Discussion H2O

With this information we believe that you can take it in short sips, that you can click through and read the article you prefer.

We recommend however that you read all of them as they will be of use to you as you make your choices.

We have also developed podcasts on water and can make them available upon request.

We will continue the focus on drinking water (quality and quantity), given our focus on Goal 7 of the Millennium Development Goals - using information, partners, partnerships to make it real.

Let us know how you can help achieve this Goal of ensuring environmental sustainability

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