18 February 2014
Statement by the Delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran
At The PGA’s Thematic Debate
On “WATER, SANITATION AND ENERGY”
18 February 2014, New York
In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful
Mr. Chairman, Madam Moderator,
Aligning myself with the statement made by the delegation of Bolivia on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, I would like to raise a couple of points in my national capacity.
The importance of water and sanitation is pretty much clear to all today as in the Rio+20 Outcome Document “water: is recalled as being “at the core of sustainable development”; needless to say that in a mere demographic analysis, there were only 2.5 billion people in the world in 1950,and by 2020 there are expected to be 7.5 billion of us. All shows the growing significance of the issues of water and sanitation in the years ahead of us.
It is also noteworthy that while many are struggling to deliver sustainable water supply and sanitation services to their people, some others are attempting to tackle increased pollution of their water resources and waste-water. And, additionally, there is also an increased number of water-related disaster events linked to the effects of climate change.
Therefore, water is a multifaceted issue in the development agenda, and livelihoods are being destroyed by water or its absence. Accordingly, my delegation believes that a holistic approach to water and sanitation is a dire need for humanity; access to safe, sufficient and affordable drinking water, preservation and protection of ecosystems in water allocation and management systems, collection and treatment of used or waste water, increased resilience to water related disasters, be it floods or droughts, and more importantly – to my delegation- trans-boundary water resources coordination and management between countries, are among the main aspects to which my delegation deem them necessary to be addressed in the development agenda.
Finally, Madam Moderator, if I may raise a comment or question to be taken by the Panelists, mush has been said about the first four aspects related to water that I mentioned in the previous paragraph; however, I would like to seek their views on how to tackle the issue of “Trans-boundary water resource coordination” in the format of targets and indicators in the development agenda?
I thank you Madam Moderator,