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The Secretary-General of the United Nations calls for urgent action to combat the shortage of drinking water.

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New York, March 25, 2023 (LANA) - As the United Nations Water Conference draws to a close, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, "Antonio Guterres," called on the international community to take urgent action to combat the shortage of drinking water worldwide.

      Guterres said on the last day of the conference held in New York three days ago, all human hopes for the future depend in some way on charting a new path based on science.

    The Secretary-General of the United Nations added that it (the aspirations of humanity) depends on realizing the comprehensive commitments that change the situation on the part of Member States and others in this conference.

    Over the past two days, Member States, NGOs and company representatives have agreed on several non-binding measures to combat the global shortage of drinking water.

      The World Water Report, published on Wednesday, described the progress made in achieving the sustainable development goals as insufficient, and that the growing environmental problems and economic hardships associated with more polluted clean water mean that drinking water shortages continue to worsen.

     The report, published by UNESCO, stated, "As a result of climate change, seasonal water scarcity will increase in areas where it is currently available, such as Central Africa, East Asia, and parts of South America, and it will also worsen in areas that already suffer from water shortages, such as the East, Central and Sahel in Africa."

       It is noteworthy that two billion people, about one out of every four people worldwide, do not have access to clean water.