PM focuses on trans-boundary water sharing policy

Dhaka,  Sun,  04 December 2016
Published : 28 Nov 2016, 18:05:45

PM focuses on trans-boundary water sharing policy

Proposes a seven-point agenda on water management
PM focuses on trans-boundary water sharing policy
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged the world leaders to make water management a priority in their policies and presented a seven-point agenda on the issue. 

"We must work together (for water management) and act now . . . Bangladesh is committed to playing its role in this regard", she said. 

Hasina made the call while speaking at the opening of Water Summit-2016 at Budapest, Hungary, reports agencies. 

In her speech, Hasina extended her thanks to the government of Hungary for organising the Summit. 

The premier’s speech emphasised on formation of policy on sharing trans-boundary water.

She said Bangladesh has abundance of water during monsoon and scarcity during dry season. The main reason for the problem is the fact that 92 per cent of its surface waters originate from the outside of its border.

Stating the fact Hasina said, "Scarcity is not the main cause for persisting water crisis but the problem is also linked with equitable distribution," but also acknowledged that sharing of cross-border streams is a "complex issue". 

The PM said Bangladesh has already met the MDGs for safe water and steps have been taken in the sanitation sector.

Hasina also proposed the seven-point agenda and said actions based on her proposed might help to attain the goals adopted by the High Level Panel on Water during the UN General Assembly in last September.

The seven point agenda’s laid out by Hasina are: 

•    Water needs to be a priority of any development endeavour at national, regional and global level as stated in Agenda 2030. 

•    Special focus needs to be paid to marginalised and financially underprivileged people who do not have access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.

•    Developing resistance towards water related disasters.

•    Forming effective management of trans-boundary river water as equitable distribution is the main cause of scarcity of water in some places. 

•    Efforts to develop less water-intensive varieties of crops and water efficient technologies need to continue. 

•    Every country needs to share Bangladesh’s 'light-house initiatives' to develop knowledge, capacity, skill and technique in terms of development and efficient use of water resources. 

•    A global fund on water is an absolutely necessity to finance research, innovation, technology transfer to realise water related goals.   

 - IH
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