Water and Demand:Why Water?1.An Increasingly Scarce Resource: “The Proportion of people living in countries chronically short of water, which stood at 8% (500M) at the turn of the 21stis set to rise to 45% (4 billion) by 2050”(Ei tis set to rise to 45% (4 billion) by 2050 (Economist, May 22, 2010)2.A Fundamental Right:In November 2002, the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights affirmed that access to adequate amounts of clean water for personal and domestic uses is a fundamental human right of all people. In its General Comment No. 15 on the implementation of Articles 11 and 12 of the 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Committee noted that “the human right to water is indispensable for leading a life in human dignity. It is a i itfthlitifthhi ht”prerequisite for the realization of other human rights.”3.An Economic Resource: “although water is special, both its provision and use will respond to economic and market signals” (Economist July 17 2003)(Economist, July 17, 2003)4.I do water.
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