Half of world’s population to face water crisis by 2050: Munir Akram

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The Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations (UN) Munir Akram, on Sunday, said that half of the world’s population will face a water crisis by 2050. https://www.facebook.com/v2.9/plugins/quote.php?app_id=106170627023&channel=https%3A%2F%2Fstaticxx.facebook.com%2Fx%2Fconnect%2Fxd_arbiter%2F%3Fversion%3D46%23cb%3Df355acf2357a40c%26domain%3Dnation.com.pk%26origin%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fnation.com.pk%252Ff17806b37053c08%26relation%3Dparent.parent&container_width=713&href=https%3A%2F%2Fnation.com.pk%2F11-Jul-2021%2Fhalf-of-world-s-population-to-face-water-crisis-by-2050-munir-akram&locale=en_US&sdk=joey

While addressing a special event on Sustainable Development Goal number 6 on “clean water and sanitation for all”, Akram said that at least one billion lives could be threatened by the problem of desertification in 100 countries across the globe. 

He added that intense water scarcity might displace as many as 700 million people by 2030. Munir emphasized that a multilateral response to deal with water scarcity challenges is the need of the hour.

He said that the deterioration of the environment reciprocates the scarcity of water. 

Raising concerns regarding global funding to secure water resources, Akram said that a range of US $ 6.7 trillion by 2030 to US $ 22.6 trillion by 2050 would be required to fight the water crisis.

He said that if timely solutions are not met the deterioration of national growth rates can be diminished by 6 percent. It is pertinent to state here that innovative approaches for investment in environmentally sustainable water and sanitation-related infrastructure are required urgently, he added .

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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