30 Jun 2003
In an interview with Reuters, newly elected head of the Commission, Norwegian Environment Minister, Boerge Brende, said simple measures could make a huge difference and suggested that collecting rainwater could help up to two billion people in Asia alone.
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In an interview with Reuters, newly elected head of the Commission,Norwegian Environment Minister, Boerge Brende, said simple measurescould make a huge difference and suggested that collecting rainwatercould help up to two billion people in Asia alone.
A new water pump recently installed in Afghanistan. Photo: © Soren Hvilshoj / UNEP 2002
He also proposed that city councils in rich nations might adopt’ regions in Africa to help improve their clean water supplies.
TheUnited Nations has pro-claimed 2003 as the International Year ofFreshwater. One in six people on Earth lack access to clean drinkingwater and the UN intends to halve that by 2015. Over the next two yearswater will be top of the agenda of the UN Commission on SustainableDevelopment.
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