Ecuador showed at the UN headquarters in New York its “interest and commitment” to sustainable water management, on the occasion of the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development” 2018-2028, the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry informed today.
This is an action proclaimed by the UN General Assembly to “accelerate initiatives aimed at addressing the challenges related to water resources,” said a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility.
The national secretary of Water, Humberto Cholango, went to New York to present the Ecuadorian position and held several meetings at the headquarters of the international organization, including one with the head of the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Chandra Roy Henriksen.
In his speech, Cholango highlighted the danger nature faces in mercantilist models and highlighted the need for a global commitment to guarantee the rights of all people to the enjoyment of water and to build a decent life.
He also stressed the importance of transmitting ancestral knowledge referring to the indigenous concept of ‘Sumak Kawsay’ or good living, the note states.
He recalled that in the popular consultation held on February 4, the Ecuadorian people decided to ban metallic mining, without exception, in sensitive areas.
And he referred to the promotion of the mission ‘Safe Water for All’, commitment of the recent World Water Forum in Brasilia, to build a new vision of relationship with the liquid element. EFE (I)