Stressing the role of water as essential for the development, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina insisted international community to ensure fair sharing of trans-boundary water bodies.
"We need to ensure equitable sharing of transboundary water bodies, including integrated management of river basins and promote access to water-intensive technologies to effectively address water-related challenges," she said.
Hasina said it while addressing a high-level panel on Water (HLPW) at the UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday, reports BSS.
The premier said Bangladesh is renowned for ensuring safe water and sanitation for all.
"Today, more than 98 per cent of our population has access to safe drinking water and above 65 per cent has access to safe sanitation".
The PM said the 2030 Agenda has shown links between water and wider sustainable development.
She highlighted a few critical areas that deserved immediate global action.
The critical areas are:
• All should promote access to water-intensive technologies to effectively address water related challenges.
• Ensuring equal sharing of trans-boundary water bodies, including integrated management of river basins.
• Investment in water related infrastructures for its efficient use and governance.
• Access to safe drinking water needs to be considered as human rights and collective effort is needed to so nobody is deprived of this right.
Later, at a press briefing with other panel members, Hasina said the members of the HLPW issued a call to address the challenges of nine broad themes and implement of plans to ensure water.
The prime ministers said they urged the heads of state and government and other leaders to prioritise water issues in their thoughts, policies and action.
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Engineer Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain and Principal Secretary Md Abul Kalam Azad were present, among others, at the press briefing. - IH