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EU: Access to safe drinking water fundamental right

BRUSSELS, March 22 (KUNA) -- The European Union (EU) on Thursday called on all states to fulfil their obligations regarding access to safe drinking water for all without discrimination.
"Access to safe drinking water is a fundamental right but is still a challenge in many parts of the world," EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said in a Declaration to mark World Water Day.
She stressed the importance of the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, and called on all states to collaborate with the current rapporteur.
The EU statement noted that climate change is taking a toll on the drier areas of the planet. Already, one of Africa's largest lakes, Lake Chad, has decreased by 90 per cent as a result of climate change.
"Water is not only a driver of social and economic development but also of peace and security. The availability of water is one of the key factors that can lead to conflicts and mass displacements," warned the EU foreign policy chief. (end) nk.msa