Conserve and Manage Shared Freshwater Resources

Bridalveil Fall-by-Koshy Koshy

Target: Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon

Goal: Implement strategies that will ensure countries conserve and manage available waters to facilitate water security.

Today, more than 270 rivers and lakes worldwide cross international borders and have become shared resources. However, several countries have refused to cooperate in ensuring water security on their waterways. By using the might of the United Nations (UN), countries can manage their water resources better.

It is crucial for states to take care of this precious resource and ensure it is available for everyone and everything. Water forms the basis of life and is one of the world’s most valuable resource, fueling almost everything, from food and clothing, to energy. Despite the massive role played by this resource, it is a surprisingly non-renewable resource. Take into account that only around three percent of the water is fresh worldwide with only about one percent available for use by humans.

One of the greatest challenges of the 21st century is water security. It goes to the core of food and energy supply, conflict mitigation, poverty reduction, climate change adaptation and biodiversity conservation. Water is the source of life, and it is what makes Planet Earth unique. Therefore, population growth and climate change mean that people should become committed and innovative about water management and conservation.

Several organizations around the world are working to protect freshwater ecosystems and improve water access, allocation and efficiency for humans. Global leaders around the world have gathered around and agreed on the importance of comprehensive plans to solve water-related problems. In the recent seventh World Water Forum (WWF), leaders adopted a declaration to advance water-related cooperation on a world scale. The leaders confirmed that water is crucial for sustainable development around the world and pledged joint effort on pending issues. The declaration urged international society to put more effort on dedicated water goals.

The leaders supported a proposal of writing water as a critical environmental issue for the sake of seeking a solution. The participants focused on developed countries and how they can spread water management models to other less developed countries experiencing water shortages. These leaders also emphasized the importance of converging technological advancements towards water management.

The declaration concluded that a friendly relationship should be established between developed, underdeveloped countries and other international or governmental organizations to work together towards water management.


Dear Ban Ki-Moon,

I am writing to you as a concerned environmentalist who cares about the status of waters around the world. Freshwater and freshwater ecosystems support the biodiversity that depends on fresh lakes and rivers for fresh water and sustenance.

It is crucial that countries strive to make careful use of this natural resource because it is non-renewable. Countries should understand that as their populations grow, so does the need for water, energy and food. For this reason, countries should be more committed and innovative when it comes to water management and conservation.

With the increased demand on resources in addition to climate change, the water crisis is growing by the day. I believe there is an urgent need for countries to work with their neighbors and manage their shared waters. I urge your leadership in supporting this important cause since the United Nations has the might to make such significant changes. By doing so, you can put in place basic standards for water use. These standards will ensure cooperation, management and protection of all waters.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Koshy Koshy

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