Shared by Nature: Working together for a water-secure world for all
Updated 15:05, 28-Mar-2023

Editor's note: "Shared by Nature" invites experts and scholars from around the world to share their knowledge of major issues in nature, such as climate change, biodiversity conservation and environmental protection. Liz Saccoccia, the water security associate at World Resources Institute, attended this year's UN Water Conference in New York and shared some innovative solutions to water scarcity and her expectations of the meeting outcomes.

The three-day UN Water Conference concluded on March 24 in New York, with the creation of the milestone Water Action Agenda and hundreds of commitments that could chart a new course to sustainably manage and conserve water globally. 

Despite covering two-thirds of the Earth's surface, only about 2.5 percent of the world's water is freshwater, and just 1 percent of freshwater is easily accessible to humans. Currently, 2.3 billion people don't have access to safe drinking water, of which over 733 million people, approximately 10 percent of the global population, live in countries with high and critical water stress. 

How can we edge toward a water-secure world for all? CGTN Reporter Ge Ning talked to Liz Saccoccia, the water security associate at World Resources Institute. She shared some inspiring commitments made at the conference, and expressed hopes for more financial funding in addressing the global water crisis, quantitative targets to hold people accountable and transboundary cooperation. 

(Cover image designed by CGTN's Yu Peng; Video edited by CGTN's Zhao Ying.)

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