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Water and sanitation a basic human right

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The United Nations General Assembly has declared that each person on the planet has a right to clean drinking water and sanitation facilities. World leaders in 2000 called for the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation to be cut in half by 2015 (see the Millennium Development Goals)

This relates to the almost one billion people without access to safe and clean drinking water while more than 2 billion have no sanitary means of disposing human waste. The consequence of this lack of access shows up in the high numbers of children, more than one million, who die each from water and sanitation-related diseases.

Bolivia was the country sponsoring the resolution with 122 countries voting “aye” and 41 countries deciding not to vote, to abstain, such as the United States and many Western nations though Belgium, Italy, Germany, Spain and Norway supported it. The United States remains, however, “deeply committed to finding solutions to our water challenges,” but the resolution “describes a right to water and sanitation in a way that is not reflective of existing international law.” READ MORE HERE

The resolution states that “the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of the right to life.”

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QUESTION TO BE PONDERED – COULD THIS ENGENDER THE NEXT WAR? OR WILL THIS LEAD US TO WORLD PEACE?

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Water

To our readers

Ensuring environmental sustainability is a goal – Goal 7 – of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and Muriella’s Corner is committed to support its implementation, in partnership with all who intend to help more than one billion people release their creative energies, to help free them from the shackles of a life of continuing and overwhelming poverty.

Some of you might have noticed that water has been a recurring topic* on Muriella’s Corner and blogs. This seeming bias is due to almost three decades of work in the United Nations in the area of environment, water and sanitation.

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Muriella’s Corner

*These are earlier issues on water
To filter or not…
End of an era…error?
Environment and you
Water, water, ice
Tips for Travelers to the Tropics

Most of my work took me to developing countries over short and long periods, working with communities, governments and not-for-profit agencies in the drilling of wells, installation of handpumps, building of latrines.

The theme of water vibrates around the globe. In most developing countries, water quantity and water quality are main hurdles for the people. In others, water quality is the main challenge.

I have seen, first hand, the pain and suffering diseases cause to families who ingest and bathe in water populated by parasites – diseases like dracunculiasis (guinea worm), schisostomiasis,bilharziasis, and all the -isises- you can think of.

People’s lives are very affected, too ill to work, not enough time to go to school as fetching water is one of the main duties, especially of girls, and so on.

But they are forced to drink what is available, even though the source is questionable.

They have no CHOICE.

On the other hand, in the developed countries, there is no lack of water. In the quest to make the water potable, many chemicals are added. One of the most insidious is chlorine.

But, since exotic diseases are not present in the water supply, people are hardly concerned about the chemicals and as such continue to drink,shower and bathe in chlorinated water (swimming pools reek of chlorine).

Some are buying bottled water, but here again, hardly any attention is given to health issues – e.g. the water source from which the water is bottled is questionable; the plastic containers are questionable, pollution issues, the financial costs of buying a bottle of water – not enough to drink per day; no attention given to the water used for showering, bathing, cooking, etc., etc.

What is to be done?

The most important thing, we believe, is for people to know that they have a choice. Information propelled them to be users of bottled water, to choose to drink bottled water instead of tap water. But if their grasp of what propelled them is understood overall, they would also be concerned about the water used for showering, bathing, cooking.

We have prepared a comprehensive newsletter on Water with the following headings:

The Water Cure
Different types of water
Bottled Water – clear choices
Brands of Bottled Water; Filtration systems
Chlorine and cancer?
Chlorine and Asthma?
Testimony on drinking water
Discussion H2O

Given the amount of information this entails, we have decided to send it to you in short sips, so that you can click through and read the article you prefer. We recommend however that you read all of them as they will be of use to you as you make your choices.

We have also developed podcasts on water and can make them available upon request.

We will continue the focus on drinking water (quality and quantity), given the focus on this issues as Goal 7 of the Millennium Development Goals

-Reducing poverty and achieving sustained development must be done in conjunction with a healthy planet. The Millennium Goals recognize that environmental sustainability is part of global economic and social well-being. Unfortunately exploitation of natural resources such as forests, land, water, and fisheries-often by the powerful few-have caused alarming changes in our natural world in recent decades, often harming the most vulnerable people in the world who depend on natural resources for their livelihood.

Goal 7 of the Millennium Development Goals sets out by the year 2015 to:

  • Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes; reverse loss of environmental resources.
  • Reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water.
  • Achieve significant improvement in lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers, by 2020. (Source: millenniumcampaign.org)

For full articles and links go to this webpage

Thank you

Muriella’s Corner

Sustainable Futures for our Youth

SuperFutures – The Way Forward for our Youth

SuperTeaching is a methodology embedded in technology.

Sustained Learning is one of the main results of  SuperTeaching.

Sustainable Future is our hope for all peoples on the planet, especially our Youth.

With SuperTeaching and Sustained Learning, a Sustainable Future is possible for our Youth.
The United Nations defines Youth as between the ages of 15 and 24; 45 percent of the more than 6 billion people on the planet is under 24.

What is SuperTeaching?

Super Teaching is a breakthrough, whole-brain, accelerated learning system, designed to automate learning performance in a classroom setting. Each system employs three screens, controlled by patented software, that precisely manages the information presented upon the screens to elevate learner concentration and retention. Following twenty-two years of research and development, Super Teaching was recently classified as a Federally Approved new multimedia technology in the United States. 
ST software automates interface in all cultures countries and global village applications by faculty push of a button. Super Teaching is curriculum and language neutral representing the first standard Global Village classroom platform.

Why SuperTeaching and Youth?

Youth contribute to the sustainable development of the planet. We do both them and the planet a disservice if we overlook their contribution and their potential to influence development efforts in their countries worldwide.

The International Youth Day* offers a day of appreciation to youth and their struggles, their challenges, their commitment to making a difference. 

Their energies are driven by technology and as such their learning is enhanced by technology.  SuperTeaching is a methodology embedded in technology, and can be the motor that drives youth participation, builds youth leadership and capabilities and enhances learning for transformation.

SuperTeaching is a natural alliance for sustainable learning and for forging sustainable futures for youth. 

SuperFutures speaks to Agenda 21 – Youth and Sustainable Development

Many corporations and business environments are supporting youth in building sustainable futures – see article on Microsoft – Microsoft and African Youth in Joint Venture

International Youth Day 

Event will be held at United Nations Headquarters on Friday, 10 August to commemorate the day. Other events will be held in the New York, where the Mayor of the city has also proclaimed 12 August as International Youth Day.

SuperFutures learning centres will enable the superteaching methodology to be implemented where the students and out-of-school youth are, worldwide. Contact us/here for more information on superfutures- the way forward for our youth.

JVs and the MDGs

Joint Ventures (JVs) and the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs)

The cooperation of two or more individuals or businesses–each agreeing to share profit, loss and control–in a specific enterprise.

Investopedia Says: This is a good way for companies to partner without having to merge. JVs are typically taxed as a partnership.

Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) 

The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest.

The United Nations says that a global partnership for development is necessary for sustainable development.

Joint ventures and partnerships underscore the fact that we all need each other to grow, develop and sustain growth.  Joint ventures are becoming increasingly popular in the internet community and I have subscribed to a few.  They help foster networking, relationships and ultimately positively affect your bottomline.

Zig Ziglar said, “You can get anything you want out of life, if you help enough other people to get what they want.” That’s exactly what Joint Ventures is all about – working together to achieve common goals.

The Secretary-General of the UN said : “We will have time to reach the Millennium Development Goals – worldwide and in most, or even all, individual countries – but only if we break with business as usual… Success will require sustained action across the entire decade between now and the deadline. It takes time to train the teachers, nurses and engineers; to build the roads, schools and hospitals; to grow the small and large businesses able to create the jobs and income needed. So we must start now… Nothing less will help to achieve the Goals.”

We are all working together to help each other but somehow we do not necessarily make the link to others across the globe. 

The first goal of the MDGs is to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger  and goal 8 is to develop a global partnership for development.

The joint venture strategy can accomplish that without a doubt, but we have to begin thinking outside the parameters of “me” and extend the parameters to “us” as called for in forging global partnerships.

It is so obviously possible that there must be reasons why sustainable global partnerships have not been done before on a large scale – issues like distrust and dishonesty, inequitable application of laws and tariffs, large outputs of funds and lack of accountability, lack of information, cultural issues regarding language and customs…etc., or if they have worked their information is not circulated widely.

Or, perhaps visualizing the joint venture as a strategy for developing global partnerships has not yet been thought through to look at how  small businesses can help small business around the world, especially at micro and meso levels…At the micro level,  not for profit organizations are helping in the area of microfinance, with excellent results. 

But there is a wide gap from micro to meso, with meso having a lot of gray areas yet to be identified and understood.

Using the joint venture strategy as a strategy to achieve goal 8 of the MDGs is possible. The possibility is there, and the time has come. If the will is there, it can be done.  We however would need to cleary define and develop the “it”. Saving the planet depends on all 6 billion plus people working together and supporting each other. In addition to undertaking green practices and behaviors, working together also means helping each other grow and thrive economically.

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