In his opening speech of the Budapest Water Summit on water, health, security – particularly food security –, and economic progress the UN Secretary General quoted the 40% gap in water withdrawals for human needs not covered by sustainable supply. “Water holds the key to sustainable development. We need it for health, food security and economic progress. Yet, each year brings new pressures.” “We must address unsustainable use… We must use what we have more equitably and wisely. Guaranteeing a water secure world will require the full engagement of all actors, not least the world of business.
10 October 2013 – by Peter Brabeck-Letmathe