Ease thirst and starvation in sharing water


Water, often referred to as the lifeblood of societies, stands as a crucial national resource essential for all forms of life, both living and non-living. Its significance is magnified in regions grappling with water scarcity, where its value cannot be overstated. Throughout history, water has been a catalyst for both peace and conflict, with some wars erupting due to disputes over its improper allocation for consumption and agriculture, resulting in countless casualties. Conversely, when countries have successfully cooperated in sharing water resources, it has led to peace, saving numerous lives.
Globally, more than three billion people depend on water that traverses national borders, yet only 24 countries have comprehensive cooperation agreements in place. With the escalating impacts of climate change and burgeoning populations, there is a pressing need for intra- and inter-country collaboration to safeguard and conserve this invaluable resource. The well-being of public health, prosperity, food and energy systems, economic productivity, and environmental integrity hinges on the effective management of the water cycle.
The theme of World Water Day 2024, “Water for Peace”, underscores the pivotal role of water in shaping peaceful societies and nations. Cooperation in water management can have a positive ripple effect, fostering harmony, prosperity, and resilience to shared challenges.
World Water Day, observed annually on 22 March, highlights the importance of freshwater for society. Each year, the theme focuses on topics relevant to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, aligning with the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 6 adopted by the United Nations.
In Myanmar, the National Water Resources Committee is tasked with developing and implementing an integrated water management system. This includes formulating national policies, strategies, directives, and laws aimed at ensuring water sufficiency across both rural and urban areas. The committee’s relentless efforts aim to provide clean water for drinking and irrigation, thereby addressing the needs of the populace.
Individuals play a crucial role in promoting cooperation over conflict in water management, working towards peace and prosperity for all. By prioritizing equitable water-sharing, nations can mitigate thirst and starvation on a global scale, fostering a more sustainable and harmonious world. They have to harness water for the interests of society without disputes and conflicts, focusing on peace and prosperity. Proper sharing of water will be based on optimism aimed at peacefully fulfilling the requirements of global people, mitigating thirst and starvation all over the world.

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