Brazil hosts the 8th World Water Forum

The 8th World Water Forum got underway on Monday with Brazil President Michel Temer and other heads of state.

They all gathered in the country’s capital, Brasilia to discuss the sustainable use of water resources around the world.

The forum invited experts in water and sanitation to facilitate the efficient conversation, development, planning and use of water in all its dimensions.

During the opening ceremony, the Honorary President of the World Water Council, Loïc Fauchon, highlighted the need to protect water resources.

Said Fauchon: “Our responsibility is to ensure the availability of water everywhere.”

He added that the forum has become an indispensable medium for the international community to discuss the sustainability of water resources.

Basic sanitation is among other several factors concerning water.

The minister of the Secretariat for Human Rights of Brazil, Gustavo do Vale Roche spoke about the improvement of basic sanitation.

“Politicians should help to ratify the idea to improve basic sanitation. Is a fundamental right that should not be taken lightly while other rights are demanded. I hope that the next World Forum, we have evolved concerning those issues.”

According to Eric Tardieu, director-general of the International Office of Water, 2.1 billion people in the world do not have access to clean water, which corresponds to 30% of the world’s population. And 4.5 billion people have no basic sanitation, 60% of the population. One of the main factors that define these numbers is the low investment in infrastructure in the water sector.


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