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Aerial view of Assouan dam Egypt water coop 2013

Baffling (or is it?): Why Third World under-developing countries remain underdeveloped ─ or worse
Re-reporting, editing, brief comment by Carolyn Bennett

Canon of profiteers: profit at all costs holds back human progress

Six billion of the world’s seven billion people have mobile phones. But only 4.5 billion have access to toilets or sanitary latrines, the United Nations reported on World Water Day March 22.

Dehumanizing human beings

Some 2.5 billion people, mostly in rural areas of Asia and Africa, have no access to proper sanitation. In the twenty-first century, 1.1 billion people have no choice but to defecate in the open.

“Let’s face it,” UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson says, “this is a problem that people do not like to talk about. But ─ It goes to the heart of ensuring good health, a clean environment and fundamental human dignity for billions of people – and achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

Review: the eight UN Millennium Development Goals for 2015:

1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2. Achieve universal primary education
3. Promote gender equality and empower women
4. Reduce child mortality
5. Improve maternal health
6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
7. Ensure environmental sustainability
8. Develop a global partnership for development

Developing countries never develop

But nearing 2015, countries of South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, some 20 countries, account for more than 80 percent of the global problem of open defecation. These countries have the Highest incidence of death among the under-five-year-olds; High levels of malnutrition and poverty; and Large disparities in wealth.

WOMEN AND GIRLS ARE THE HARDEST HIT. Lack of sanitation is particularly detrimental to women and girls, the UN reports. Women and girls who have to leave their homes to find a place to urinate or defecate are vulnerable to sexual violence. The lack of toilets in schools impedes girls’ access to education.

WHAT IF corporate canon changed?

The head of one non-governmental organization, WaterAid, which focuses on water and sanitation, said, “Few interventions would have greater impact on the lives of women and girls than addressing the health problems caused by poor sanitation and hygiene.”

The United Nations says investing in good sanitation is a good investment. Such investment “produces a good return: Every dollar spent on sanitation brings a $5.50 return by keeping people healthy and productive.”

Approaching 2015, the United Nations reports, however, that the target in the MDGs of at least halving the proportion of people without access to sanitation ─ and this is a small order, achievable but for countering profit motives ─ has “far to go.”

This means that the goal will not be achieved without a change in ethos and canon, political will, change of heart. A conviction that all of us are Africa and Asia and their well-being is our well-being, that we are not islanded and apart.

NO LAND AN ISLAND NO PEOPLE APART.

Surely, I am not the only person who believes this ─ that we can do better if we alter the course of our thinking and acting, our sense of being among peoples coexisting in world society. I think the United Nations tries in a variety of special days, celebrations and conferences to help us sense this “oneness.”

This year has been designated “International Year of Water Cooperation.” Friday March 22 was “World Water Day.”

Sources and notes

“More people have mobile phones than toilets – UN” (AlertNet, Lisa Anderson), March 22, 2013, http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/more-people-have-mobile-phones-than-t...

UN Millennium Development Goals

In September of the year 2000, leaders of 189 countries met at the United Nations in New York and endorsed the Millennium Declaration, a commitment to work together to build a safer, more prosperous and equitable world.

The Declaration was translated into a roadmap setting out eight time-bound and measurable goals to be reached by 2015, known as the Millennium Development Goals

Eight UN Millennium Development Goals for 2015

1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2. Achieve universal primary education
3. Promote gender equality and empower women
4. Reduce child mortality
5. Improve maternal health
6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
7. Ensure environmental sustainability
8. Develop a global partnership for development

http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/mdgoverview.html
For more information, please visit: www.un.org/millenniumgoals
http://www.un.org/en/mdg/summit2010/pdf/List%20of%20MDGs%20English.pdf

The United Nations reports that the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of people without access to improved sources of water has been met but

The target to halve the proportion of people without access to sanitation still has “far to go.”

A call to action issued by U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson aims at a 2025 goal of improving hygiene, better managing of human waste and waste-water, and eliminating the practice of open defecation.

“Ending open defecation,” says United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) deputy executive director Marin Mogwanja, “will contribute to a 36 percent reduction in diarrhea,” a condition that kills three quarters of a million under-five-year-old children every year.”

World Water Day March 22

World Water Day is held annually on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating March 22, 1993, as the first World Water Day.

Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. In 2013, in reflection of the International Year of Water Cooperation, World Water Day is also dedicated to the theme of cooperation around water and is coordinated by UNESCO in collaboration with UNECE and UNDESA on behalf of UN-Water. http://www.unwater.org/water-cooperation-2013/events/world-water-day/en/

2013 International Year of Water Cooperation

In December 2010, following the proposal initiated by Tajikistan [a country lying in the heart of Central Asia, bordered by Kyrgyzstan on the north, China on the east, Afghanistan on the south, and Uzbekistan on the west and northwest] and submitted by a group of countries, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2013 ─ the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation (Resolution A/RES/65/154).

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was appointed by UN-Water to lead the preparations for both the 2013 International Year of Water Cooperation and the World Water Day, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and with the support of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the UN-Water Decade Program on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC) and the UN-Water Decade Program on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC).

UN-Water called upon UNESCO to lead the 2013 International Year of Water Cooperation in view of the organization’s multi-dimensional mandate in the realm of natural and social sciences, culture, education and communication, and its significant and long-standing contribution to the management of the world’s freshwater resources. http://www.unwater.org/water-cooperation-2013/water-cooperation/en/

IMAGES
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UNESCO Béatrice Petit, Aerial view of Assouan dam Egypt water coop 2013

© Dale Lightfoot, 2010, Woman seeking water from the karez at Piskandi Village in northern Iraq....
© UN Photo/Milton Grant, A young woman pumps water from a well in the lowlands area of Eritrea.
© UN Photo/Tim McKulka, A Sudanese woman carries water home in a plastic container.
Delivering water in Sudan - All rights reserved, Uploaded on Feb 15 2013
© Kate Holt: During the drought last year many people died. Eyanai, a young boy, et.al ...
UN Photo/Martine Perret, Little girls cross a rice field after heavy rains carrying water in plastic containers.

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Labels: 2013 International Year of Water Cooperation, Human Rights, No land an island no people apart, UN Millennium Development Goals, United Nations, women's rights, World Water Day

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Compelling

We in the West tend to take water for granted as we let the water flow down the drain when we brush our teeth, run the faucet as we wash fruit and vegetables, and dispose of gallons each time we flush the toilet.

The quality and the availability of water impacts our well-being in helping us stay sanitary and healthy. I know from my time in Cambodia that the lack of clean water meant that I spent most of my time there sick from contaminants and bacteria in the water. Armed with medications and living on packaged foods, I was able to stay relatively healthy but locals did not have that privilege. This is an urgent need that has a huge impact if addressed.

Yeah,

In the 1960s, I was posted in West Africa and had occasion to go “up line” (what in the U.S. might be called “the country” or a rural area – but with far less access to necessaries) and there were no “conveniences,” no stable housing.

In Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, I saw many beggars (of course the U.S., in its long neglect and corruption in high office, has visible, on the streets, evidence of poverty, the kind that shocked me when I first landed in Sierra Leone) and women carrying bundles on their heads.

More than 40 years after my work in Africa, it should not be this way in countries of Africa or in any other countries. People should have proper sanitation, proper facilities, and water; and they could have what they need, if not for some ─ the few of the world, the inordinately powerful, the heavily armed with nuclear weapons and all things lethal ─ taking far more than their share.

The rape, ruin and disempowerment of peoples and lands, the environment, sovereignty; states thrown constantly into chaos, states being made to fail, leaders corrupted and or assassinated; conflict exacerbated, regions constantly destabilized ─ all of these and more are committed by lethal powers, mostly in the West, who never give back or compensate or rebuild or work together, cooperatively, respectfully with developing nations and their people.

This is immoral, unethical, inhumane, criminally unjust; yet these wielders of belligerent entitlement, inordinate power and its abuse are never EVER called to account by any international community or body or court. This is unconscionable!

Knowing the conditions of others and the WHY of these conditions, it does not please me to have sanitary conditions, clean water and conveniences that others should but do not have. It saddens me. Morally it pains me.

But maybe one day when the United Nations is no longer under the might of five powers (permanent members of the UNSC: Peoples Republic of China, France, the Russian Federation, UK and U.S.), things will right themselves for all nations and peoples ─ Member states of the 193-nation General Assembly may one day right the wrongs now being inflicted upon the world. I sure hope so.

Dr. Carolyn LaDelle Bennett-author, independent journalist - Bennett's Study http://todaysinsightnews.blogspot.com/
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Latest book: No Land an Island No people apart
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UNSC goof corrected above

Did you notice, Jan, that in my tirade above I had omitted France and repeated Britain in the UNSC “permanents”? Woke up this morning knowing I had goofed, and have now corrected my goof.

I also forgot last night to say thanks for your “compelling” response. Thanks, Jan! /c

Dr. Carolyn LaDelle Bennett-author, independent journalist - Bennett's Study http://todaysinsightnews.blogspot.com/
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