Wednesday, September 11, 2013

International Year of Water

The year 2013 has been designated as the International Year of Water Cooperation.  The initiative is being coordinated by UNESCO and recognizes that cooperation is essential to strike and to use water as an instrument of peace. Water is a shared resource and its management needs to take into account a wide variety of conflicting interests. This provides opportunities for cooperation among users."Promoting water cooperation implies an interdisciplinary approach bringing in cultural, educational and scientific factors, as well as religious, ethical, social, political, legal, institutional and economic dimensions."

One of things we often take for granted in Canada and in those in other developed countries, is our continuous access to clean and safe water sources. According to Environment Canada, our country is home to roughly 7% of the globe's renewable freshwater, making it the third-largest water supply in the world.

Globally, 783 million people, or 11 per cent of the global population, remain without access to an improved source of drinking water.  United Nations report that "these sources include household connections, public standpipes, boreholes, protected dug wells, protected springs and rainwater collections."

Isa Mundo Foundation is supportive of the approach of the Water Project as we also believe that:
  • Lack of clean water has serious effects on student's academic performance and attendance rates.
  • The sickness caused by dirty water saps people's energy to do much of anything and poor health leads to poor producetivity
  • Access to water leads to food security.
  • Without clean water, the possibility of breaking out of the cycle of poverty is incredibly slim.
To learn more about the importance of access to clean water, visit the Water Project at