World Water Day focuses on sustainable development

World Water Day focuses on sustainable development

Officials of Directorate of Soil & Water Conservation during the observance of World Water Day 2019 held at its Conference Hall on March 22. (Photo Courtesy: Directorate of Soil & Water Conservation)

Kohima, March 22 (MExN): The Directorate of Soil & Water Conservation celebrated the World Water Day 2019 here at its Conference Hall on March 22 under the theme ‘Leaving no one behind’ as part of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

“This World Water Day is about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people such as the marginalized groups – women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others are being left behind,” stated a press release received here.

In his opening remark, the chairperson of the programme, Deputy Director, Rongsenlemzung emphasised that access to clean and safe water underpins public health and is therefore critical to sustainable development and a stable and prosperous world.

Viliehu Nguzhü, Director, Soil & Water Conservation in his speech highlighted the importance of fresh water and advocated for sustainable management of freshwater resources. He mentioned the background of World Water Day origin, its theme, importance, human right to water, problem of water crisis and the way forward. He stressed that, to ‘leave no one behind, we must focus our efforts towards including people who have been marginalized or ignored and that their voices must be heard in Decision-making processes”. He asserted that from agricultural context in India, the wealth of a nation lies in the water in the rivers-its freshwater resources.

Kenilo Kessen JRF, Nagaland State Climate Change Centre, gave presentation on ‘Climate Change and Water with special reference to Nagaland.’ He elaborated on the climate change and water scenario of Nagaland and India, Water Security and what can be done to address the prevailing water crisis.

The vote of thanks was proposed by Wondangbeni Kikon, SDO (SC). The programme was attended by officials and staff of the Directorate of Soil & Water Conservation and representatives from Nagaland State Climate Change Centre.