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Although not everyone may be Feng Shui enthusiasts, I'm sure they have an idea that this 2013 would be the Year of the Water Snake. Water primarily would be the most powerful element in this year as what they say. But didn't you know that UN had also declared 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation. It was back in the December 2010 during the United Nations General Assembly that the leaders have agreed to this as Resolution A/RES/65/154.
"UN-Water has called upon UNESCO to lead the 2013 United Nations International Year on Water Cooperation, in particular because of the Organization’s unique multidisciplinary approach which blends the natural and social sciences, education, culture and communication," stated in the official website of the UN-Water Organization. "Given the intrinsic nature of water as a transversal and universal element, the United Nations International Year on Water Cooperation naturally would embrace and touch upon all these aspects."
United Nations highly anticipated that this 2013, they will be able to pursue their aim in raising awareness to people about the problems and solutions the United Nations is facing, to help them in cooperating with their goals: "The objective of this International Year is to raise awareness, both on the potential for increased cooperation, and on the challenges facing water management in light of the increase in demand for water access, allocation and services."
You see, water is basically a very important part of our planet and our life that we should be able to distinguish how we can save and conserve it. Here are seven facts about H2O and why we should take care of its resources from Water.Org:
- Lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at a rate equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every four hours.
- 343 million people live in places without an access in clean water.
- 3.4 million of people die each year from water related disease.
- "The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns."
- An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for an entire day.
- Over 2.5X more people lack water than live in the United States.
- More people have a mobile phone than a toilet.
To know more about the, you can go to UN-Water Official Site and check out the celebrations and activities that will be held for the International Year of Water Cooperation. And if you want to print these information, don't forget to use eco-friendly toner cartridges and ink cartridges to help contribute in the conservation of our natural resources.