KazakhstanUNSC.com – a multilingual website dedicated to Kazakhstan’s bid to secure a seat as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the years 2017/18 – is pleased to present the third in a series of informative Occasional Papers, entitled “Water Security – Vital to Peace, Vital to Progress”, online as of today.
At present, more than 2 billion people lack access to a steady supply of clean water. Over the next two years this figure will rise to 3.5 billion, encompassing almost half of the world’s population. A little less than a decade thereafter, in 2025, 5.5 billion people, or two-thirds of the world’s population, will be facing water shortages.
Global demand for drinking water has increased eight-fold over the past 60 years and is set to grow exponentially in coming decades. As such, clean water is one of our planet’s scarcest and most precious resources and, as with any major resource, will impact the prospects for economic growth as either a catalyst of conflict or cause for cooperation.
As the largest landlocked country in the world, with a number of political and geographical variables affecting and threatening its water supply, Kazakhstan has never taken water security for granted.
Kazakhstan has made water security one of the four key pillars of its UNSC bid, alongside food security, energy security and nuclear security, and is an integral player in the global water security challenge, as this Paper seeks to explore.
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