Water initiatives from Germany
How Germany is committed to ensuring access to clean water worldwide.
Water is life – yet is in increasingly short supply. What the German government and civil society are doing to ensure that people all over the world have access to clean drinking water. Five initiatives, their goals and their work.
Right 2 Water
A European action group, Right 2 Water demands access to water and basic sanitation for everyone. In addition, it wants to prevent water becoming the object of business interests and financial speculation. Its members are calling for the European Union to make an even greater commitment to achieving these goals.
Goal 6 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals
It is estimated that the drinking water used by more than 1.8 billion people is contaminated by pathogens. One third of all people around the world have no access to clean toilets and are forced to make do with buckets and unhygienic latrines, or else to relieve themselves in the open. The situation is further compounded by the fact that about three quarters of the wastewater we produce is discharged into rivers and oceans untreated. This is why the 2030 Agenda wants to ensure that everyone has access to clean water and sanitation and that water is managed in a sustainable manner.
Global Water Partnership
Germany is committed to the issue of water in numerous international initiatives, such as UN Water and the Global Water Partnership. The network supports individual states in their efforts to improve their water policy. It provides important knowledge and makes it clear that there is a close correlation between economic growth and a reliable supply of water.
Water Integrity Network
Many people do not have access to clean drinking water, and farmers in many regions of the world cannot irrigate their fields sufficiently. As if this were not bad enough, there is a great deal of corruption in the water industry, which makes supply even more difficult. The international Water Integrity Network is dedicated to improving transparency in the industry. Germany supports the organisation, whose offices are in Berlin.
Viva con Agua
FC Sankt Pauli is widely regarded as a somewhat unconventional but warm-hearted football club. This is something that the Hamburg club also demonstrates through its commitment to Viva con Agua. Established in 2006 after the club spent time at a training camp in Cuba, the initiative collects donations to fund water projects in Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Nepal and Uganda.