New York, 27 March 2023 (TDI): At the 2023 UN Water Conference, Minister of Water Resources, Li Guoying made four proposals in his address for proper governance of water globally.
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Following the address, experts praised China for presenting four proposals on global water governance based on China’s own successful practices.
According to them, different nations having water concerns will find these proposals feasible and practical.
The Vice President of the China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research, Wang Jianhua stated that the proposals are based on instructive practices and experiences of China in implementing the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Also, the Deputy Head of the Yellow River Institute of Hydraulic Research, Jiang Enhui, lauded the four proposals showcasing China’s water governance philosophy of harmonizing people and nature while effectively addressing the global water crisis.
Notably, China has been working on water governance and sustainable development goals for a while now.
Therefore, China has made significant achievements in achieving the 6th sustainable development goal to ensure water and sanitation access for all, according to UN reports.
Four Proposals of China on Water Governance
In the first proposal, Li said that everyone on this Earth has a basic right to access and drink clean water.
“With 6 percent of the world’s freshwater resources, China has provided water for nearly one-fifth of the global population and accounted for over 18 percent of the world’s total economic output”, Li said.
Considering the limited resources of fresh water, Li urged all the respective members of the global village to use water resources economically in his second proposal.
Thus, it is the responsibility of every member state to make the best use of these resources, he said.
Then he went on to state the third proposal, in which he reiterated the members to construct river ethics, promote healthy lives and realize the harmonious coexistence of people and rivers simultaneously.
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Finally, Li made his fourth proposal to use the UN agencies and build common platforms among think tanks, government, and international organizations to facilitate communication and collaboration.
Taking such steps will help all the members participate in the global response to climate change.