At the World Water Summit: Al-Koni expresses his fears of the outbreak of new wars over water resources in the world.Pulbished on:
New York, March 26, 2023 (LANA) – Representative in the Presidential Council, Musa Al-Koni, expressed his fears of future wars over water resources as a result of the increase in the world's population, calling on the international community to abandon temporary solutions and to think collectively and genuinely to solve the problem of water shortage from its roots. .
This came in his speech - before the United Nations Water Summit that was held in New York, during the past two days on managing water resources, and preserving jointly and committed to preserving the water stock necessary for life among humanity - in which he highlighted the rootedness of the water shortage crisis in Libya, and its reflection on ways People's lives and development in this country located geographically in the heart of what is known as the Sahara desert.
He stressed, "The lack of water is a problem, but the lack of water that we suffer from in the desert regions of Libya, Algeria, southern Tunisia, Mauritania, northern Mali, Niger, and Chad is a daily tragedy, as people die of thirst due to lack of drinking water.
"Al-Koni" said that the water crisis that the world is experiencing now is a permanent crisis for us in Libya and the Sahara region, by virtue of the fact that this region does not suffer from a lack of water, but rather the absence of water at all, due to the lack of rain in it for hundreds of years. We suffered greatly due to the complete drought of these extended deserts and what is known as the Great Desert.
Al-Koni pointed out in his speech that Libya, which is one of the most thirsty countries, tried during the period of the previous regime to find solutions to dig wells in the heart of the water-poor desert to transport groundwater to the north, where the population is densely populated, did not solve the problem seriously.
Al-Koni thought that the man-made river should be pumped in reverse, that is, sea water should be desalinated so that this river would be pumped from north to south to quench the thirst of the desert and its poverty with water, so that we could breathe life into it and the population could settle in it.
The deputy alerted the Presidential Council that the lack of interest in sea water desalination will generate problems in the entire world, surprisingly, we (the world) pay billions to search for water on Mars and are unable to desalinate sea and ocean water at a lower cost and more productive quantities.
Al-Koni called on the international community to establish international research centers for the desalination of sea water, and to benefit from renewable energy in this desalination, considering that this approach is the ideal solution and may be the only one so that we can live on this earth safely.
He added, saying that the international community should really assume its responsibilities by desalinating sea water, which has a high cost, and in Libya, water was transferred from the south to the north to reduce the cost of desalination, but if these developed countries are able to think seriously about exploiting their capabilities by reducing this cost, which will contribute to solving big problems, and we don't resort to thinking of another place where humans live outside this planet.
Al-Koni said that Libya has some lakes, such as Lake Kufra, including the man-made river and underground lakes shared with some countries, and suggested the establishment of a joint committee to exploit the water, which will one day be depleted to manage this stock in common basins such as the Ghadames basin shared with Algeria and Tunisia, which is supposed to think about how to exploit it collectively while reducing the cost as much as possible to extract water and make optimal use of it.
It is noteworthy that (150) countries of the participants in the Water Summit decided to support the appointment of a special representative of the United Nations for water affairs, whose first task will be to pave the way for commitment to support efforts aimed in this direction.
On the sidelines of the summit, Johannes Coleman, director of the United Nations Climate and Water Department, said that it is expected to provide about (750) billion dollars to ensure global water supplies in the future.