In a message on World Water Day (March 22), U.N. Secretary General, António Guterres addressed this year’s theme of “valuing water,” stating that “chronic under-investment in water and sanitation disadvantages and harms vast numbers of people.” His comments speak to the paradox surrounding water: the fundamental value of the resource world-wide and the lack of investment in its sustainability.
In 2015, The UN established 17 Sustainable Development Goals,
goal number six stipulates ensuring access to water and sanitation for all by 2030. Although the goals were adopted by 160 countries, goal number six is in jeopardy unless countries enact policies and practices that honor the value of water, making the issue a world priority at all times and not only in times of increased insecurity and decreased availability.
Currently, the CDC estimates that 11 percent of the population world-wide lacks access to clean drinking water. Sustainable development, world-wide, requires the availability of clean water. Globally, organizations and corporations are concentrating energy and allocating resources to deal with the issues that threaten the world water supply, such population growth, pollution and climate change. Other organizations, such as KBI Global Investors, assert the importance of backing water by investing in the water value chain. According to Matt Sheldon, Senior Portfolio Manager on the KBI Global Investors’ Water Strategy, “To value water properly, we as a society must invest in it.” Organizations like KBIGI regard companies who provide and safeguard clean water as investment opportunities, appreciating their importance toward building resiliency into the global water value chain. As population growth and global warming continue to threaten water security across the planet, investing in companies looking to adopt new technologies and practices will only help the world adjust to meet the challenges and give water its due as a valued resource.
 “Secretary-General’s Message on World Water Day.” World Water Day 2021, 2021, www.worldwaterday.org/stories/story/secretary-generals-message-world-water-day.
 Copper-Ind, Christopher. “’Invaluable Yet Free:’ the Contradiction of Water on World Water Day.” InternationalInvestment, 22 Mar. 2021, www.internationalinvestment.net/news/4028813/invaluable-free-contradiction-water-world-water-day.
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