The Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala El-Saed said that the climate conference that Egypt will host and chair next November puts water issues at the top of the priorities, ensuring human rights to adequate water.
This came during during her speech before the round table on the “United Nations Water Conference 2023” within the activities of the United Nations General Assembly meetings on Friday.
The Minister noted that without achieving the sixth goal of sustainable development, ‘we will not be able to fully achieve the 2030 agenda, including food security, health coverage, combating climate change, preserving ecosystems and promoting peace’.
She explained that water is an integral part of human progress, however, this progress itself in addition to population growth has intensified pressure on water resources, and that the global water crisis is becoming more complex due to recent multifaceted challenges, especially related to pandemic and the food and fuel crises.
She pointed out that due to the increasing demand, excessive exploitation of resources and pollution, about 2.5 billion people will live in areas that suffer from water scarcity by 2050, and more than half of the world’s population will be at risk due to water shortage, and desertification alone will threaten the livelihoods of nearly one billion people in about 100 countries, and severe water scarcity could displace up to 700 million people by 2030.
She stressed that Egypt attaches great importance to the United Nations Water Conference for 2023, which will be the first UN conference on water since 1977.