CNN: What’s Missing?

Many great ideas have been shared between all committees within the last two days. The world is impressed, as there have been many intricate ideas that have been brought up that can be used not only regionally, but also globally. While looking at the resolutions as well as listening in to conversations, one very important topic that was barely talked about was water. Water so basic, but yet so essential to everyday life, and is commonly taken for granted. Inadequate access to clean water has been the basis for many health related problems, and has hit every region hard (especially those who are most voidable in each of these areas). We find it hard to believe that this was not taken into consideration, and would like to shed more light on this often ignored topic. Here are some statistics to give a glimpse of the burden due to insufficient water given by the UN:

· 2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services. (WHO/UNICEF 2017)

· 4.5 billion people lack safely managed sanitation services. (WHO/UNICEF 2017)

· 340,000 children under five die every year from diarrheal diseases. (WHO/UNICEF 2015)

· Water scarcity already affects four out of every 10 people. (WHO)

· 90% of all natural disasters are water-related. (UNISDR)

· 80% of wastewater flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused (UNESCO, 2017).

· Around two-thirds of the world’s trans boundary rivers do not have a cooperative management framework. (SIWI)

· Agriculture accounts for 70% of global water withdrawal. (FAO)

· Roughly 75% of all industrial water withdrawals are used for energy production. (UNESCO, 2014)

· Unsafe drinking water accounts for 4% of deaths as well as 5.7% of disabilities.

· Unsafe dirking water also causes for 500,000 diarrheal deaths per year

· There are still 20% of urban communities that lack safe drinking water

· Diarrheal disease kill more children under than AIDS, Malaria, and Measles COMBINED

· Contaminated water also leads to neurological disorders, and reproductive problems.

Many of the interventions that have been presented fix problem that do need to be addressed. However, how can populations defeat these larger problems, if they do not receive basic levels of need? I urge the committees in the future to look at even more basic needs and address those with the same urgency and cooperation between nations that has been shown at the conference. We have high hopes, and await a time when these fundamental issues are no longer present among us.

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