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  • Published on: 29 Aug 2011
  • Source: Press TV
  • Submitted by: UN-Water
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'Clean water should be global priority'
In a "Stockholm Statement" issued in the Swedish capital, the activists urge international leaders that will participate at the Rio+20 Summit to commit to achieving "universal provisioning of safe drinking water, adequate sanitation and modern energy services by the year 2030."

The 2011 World Water Week in Stockholm closed Friday with assembled participants supporting a "Stockholm Statement to the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro (Rio+20 Summit)".

The statement signed by both international and Swedish groups urged governments to adopt intervening targets to increase efficiency in the management of water, energy and food.

The activists also urged a 20-percent reduction in worldwide water pollution and a same percentage increase in water efficiency in agriculture, water use efficiency in energy production, reused water quantity, and total food supply-chain efficiency.

The 'Stockholm Statement' has been supported or endorsed by a number of national and international bodies and organizations such as UN-Water, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, conservation International, International Water Management Institute, and Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF).

?The Rio+20 Summit is a great opportunity to review how water, energy and food are perceived and managed by the human society. UN-Water, through its members and partners, has identified ways in which the global water, energy and food security challenges can be addressed - leading to a climate resilient and robust green economy.? said Adeel Zafar, Chair of UN-Water.
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