With a view to the Sixth World Water Forum to take place in Marseille, France, 12-17 March 2012, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has prepared the Holy See’s contribution, entitled Water an essential element for life with the sub-title: Designing sustainable solutions.
Although some results have been achieved, the document points out that half of the world’s population still does not have adequate access to drinking water and expresses a strong hope for better management of water resources on the part of all those involved as they are called to act responsibly, with sobriety and solidarity.
The World Water Forum, organized every three years by the World Water Council, brings together private and public representatives and relevant organizations around various issues related to water.
The principal topics are organized under three chapter headings:
1. Stages in the formulation and recognition of the right to drinking water on the part of the Catholic Church and of the United Nations;
2. An assessment of the current situation of access to drinking water and sanitation;
3. The necessary immediate and sustainable solutions to unmet challenges regarding water.
The Delegation of the Holy See to the Sixth World Water Forum will be made up of three staff-members of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.