Achieving the Water for Life Decade’s goals has needed sustained commitment, engagement, cooperation and investment from all.
The decade is officially drawing to a close on World Water Day, 22 March 2015. The Decade has seen the recognition of the human right to water and sanitation and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal target of halving the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water well in advance of the 2015 deadline. But what does this mean at ground level? Have these advancements improved your daily life? Did your water and sanitation situation improve? Have you benefited from the successes of the Decade?
As the end of the 'Water for Life' Decade approaches, we would like to show how people's efforts, your efforts, have contributed to its success. We want to hear your voice! Your WaterForLifeVoice!
We want to make a big splash! You can contribute by submitting different types of materials: your photos with your message, a 3 minute audio/video recording or an interview. All these need to respond to the three questions above.
Selected contributions will be considered for inclusion in the end of Decade online exhibit. To be considered, you need to submit your materials before the end of December (deadline for submissions is 15 December 2014). If your work is considered you will be notified and credited. Contributions submitted before the end of August are now being assessed to be included in the exhibit that will take place on World Water Day 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters.
We learn by listening to others. Here you will find the voices of those whose water and sanitation life has changed over the last 10 years.
Scientists, experts, private sector leaders, NGOs, policy makers and representatives from case studies talk about what has worked over the Decade, and where we can improve.
The ‘Water for Life’ Decade has been awarding cutting edge water projects since 2011. Here you can find out more about them, and about other key projects around the world.
Our future post 2015 will be guided by the lessons we have learned. What have been the Decade’s achievements in each area?
>> Empowering communities
>> Food security
>> Gender and water
>> Open defecation
>> Sustainable development
>> Water and culture
>> Water and disasters
>> Water and energy
>> Water and health
>> Water for cities
>> Water efficiency
>> Water quality
>> Water scarcity