World Water Day 2018
On the occasion of World Water Day 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
of Spain and the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany issue the following joint
“The world is becoming ever thirstier. By 2050, demand for water could increase by
30 percent compared with today if the global population grows by two billion as expected.
Water is our most precious resource, which we must use even more consciously and
carefully in the future. Only in this way can everyone worldwide enjoy the human rights to
safe drinking water and sanitation, for which Germany and Spain are campaigning
together. Safe drinking water and sanitation are essential for sustainable development
and poverty eradication, and thus also for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for
‘Nature for Water’ is the theme of this year’s World Water Day, and both must be
protected sustainably, as our natural resources, such as forests or wetlands,
fundamentally rely on water. Our planet’s important water cycle can only be preserved if
we value nature as a whole.”
Germany and Spain have campaigned for many years for the human rights to safe drinking
water and sanitation, which have been designated as a separate Sustainable Development
Goal (SDG 6) in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The promotion of the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation is one of the
priorities of Spanish foreign policy on human rights and has become an essential part of the
program of Spain as a member of the Human Rights Council. The priority attached to these
rights has also had an impact on Spain’s development cooperation. The Cooperation Fund
for Water and Sanitation, which was created in 2009, has been instrumental in implementing
the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation in Latin America.
The Fund has allocated €791 million and has attracted local and other partners’ investments. As a result,
€1658 million have been mobilised for implementing 68 programs in 18 countries, not only
for building infrastructures but also to support the shaping of water and sanitation public
policies with a human rights-based approach in the whole region.