Water for today, thirst for tomorrow?
Different to wars and other natural disasters, this silent world crisis does not call for a coordinated international activity, even though it is necessary. Therefore, in addition to the creation of a Global Action Plan, the 2006 report on Human Development recommends three basic activities: to make water a human right, elaborate national water strategies and increase international aid. The cost of meeting the Millennium Development Goal regarding access to water, amounts to 10.000 million dollars, a big quantity but it represents less then 5 days of military expenses or half of what developed countries spend per year in mineral water.
Currently, 1.100 million people do not have access to drinking water and 2.600 million do not have access to sanitary facilities.