ABOUT HUMAN DIGNITY
Water supply and sanitation are not just about quantity and quality. Millions die each year from diseases related to unsafe water, or for lack of access to water. Millions more are forced to waste whole days of work or school just to fetch water from remote locations. And the numbers of those forced to emigrate by drought and climate change climb every year.
The principle of Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) is widely accepted internationally. But how do we implement it in the field rapidly and efficiently? The answer is not simple. It requires proper water governance & management, sustainable river basin approaches, financial resources and – perhaps above all else – political commitment.
In 2002, at the World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, we launched the “European Union Water Initiative” EUWI-Water for Life. The goal? “To create the conditions for mobilising all available EU resources (human & financial), and to coordinate them to achieve the water-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in partner countries.”
EUWI is an international political initiative, not a financial mechanism. It takes a partnership approach with national governments, donors, the water industry, NGOs and other stakeholders. Through national policy dialogues, it aims to improve coordination & cooperation and deliver more effective development assistance.