The planet is facing a 40% shortfall in water supply by 2030, unless we dramatically improve the management of this precious resource. This is the unavoidable conclusion reached in the 2015 United Nations World Water Development Report, which was launched on 20 March in New Delhi (India), in time for World Water Day (22 March).
"World Water Day reminds us of the importance of having access to a sufficient amount of safe water for a healthy and happy life. This is essentially our human right to water. But how many people can enjoy such right? How many women and girls can dispose of such a “luxury”? Is this a problem of availability of the resource or a political matter?" asked Flavia Schlegel, UNESCO Assistant Director General for the Natural Sciences.