On March 22, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, gave an intervention during the First Dialogue to discuss improving the integration and coordination of the work of the UN on the water-related goals and targets under its sustainable development pillar. The dialogue was dedicated to the theme, “International Decade for Action (2018-2028): Water for Sustainable Development.”
In his statement, Archbishop Auza said that water rights are basic and pressing because water is essential to life. Access to clean and safe drinking water is a basic human right and condition to sustainable development, he said. There’s a corresponding responsibility to care for and share this life-sustaining resource through juridical instruments and personal accountability. Because of water’s importance, it could cause conflict in the absence cross-border cooperation and binding legal instruments.
The statement can be found here.