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I sincerely apologize that I cannot join today. Women raised me and made me a man. I have learned not to question women, especially Mother Nature.
Thank you U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, President of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly and Ms. Lani Dolifka, Founder of Clean Water. Today, we launch the 2018-2028 Water Action Decade.
Clean Water Here is committed to improving safe water access for all. I am honored to be Global Ambassador. I am thankful for the opportunity to share my thoughts with the U.N. Delegates on World Water Day 2018.
I first participated with Clean Water Here four years ago. The goal was simple – raise awareness and spark conversations about U.N. World Water Day. Today, I am proud to share we have informed over 3 billion about safe water access. And, we are still doing more.
To document today’s issues, UN Water, Clean Water Here and 1x asked photographers from around the world to show what the lack of safe drinking water means knowing the water cycle in its entirety includes all uses and users.
The twelve winning photographs were displayed at the United Nations for six weeks, and some photographs were projected onto the UN building itself.
“The lack of safe drinking water is one of the most important global challenges of the 21st century,” said Lani Dolifka, the creator of Clean Water Here. “Although the circumstances are very different in Flint Michigan and Sub-Saharan Africa, both share the same human story of woman and children suffering because of the lack of safe drinking water.” added Dolifka, who also serves as CEO of Watermill Express, the largest drive-up pure drinking water company in the United States. “Safe drinking water is fundamental to the stability of any community – no matter how big or small.”
World Water Day has been observed since 1993 when the United Nations General Assembly declared March 22 as the annual “World Day for Water.” Coordinated by UN Water in support of the 193 member nations of the UN, this day is devoted to implementing recommendations and promoting concrete activities within their countries regarding the world’s water resources. In addition to the UN member states, a number of NGOs promoting clean water leverage World Water Day as a time to focus public attention on the critical water issues facing the world.
Safe drinking water is a human right. It’s vital for all people regardless of gender, ethnicity, religious beliefs, income, and political views. That is why we are working to improve access to sustainable safe drinking water by raising awareness, supporting research & education, and advocating for underserved communities in the US and abroad. For more information visit cleanwaterhere.org
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision is the largest non-governmental provider of clean water in the developing world – reaching one new person with clean water every 30 second. A recent UNC study showed water wells in Ghana continued to function at high levels even after 20 years. For more information, please visit www.WorldVision.org
Clean Water Here supporter Watermill Express is the largest drive-up pure drinking water company in the U.S. and the green alternative to prepackaged water. Watermill Express customers reuse their own clean containers to reduce pollution from single-use plastic water bottles. Founded in 1984, Watermill Express supports causes that promote the health and welfare of children and families. For more information visit watermillexpress.com