CIMUN Chronicle / Article / 2016

World Health Organization Addresses Solutions for Water Safety

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By Becky Gaze, New York Times

The topic of ensuring access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation was a vigorous debate which caused many different solutions to the problems associated with these to arise within the World Health Organization committee from many different delegates.

"The use of water drip irrigation systems, which conserve the use of water in agriculture, are significantly more efficient than a standard irrigation system would have a significant positive impact upon the reduction of water loss” stated the Israel Delegation, being one of the many delegates who voiced their answers for the topic.

The Japan delegation declared a different solution to the issue.

“A compound which has been developed by the Poly-Glu Group can be mixed into dirty water, which causes the particulates to settle on the base and once the water is boiled it becomes completely safe to drink," the Japan delegation said, which expressed a desire for this to be distributed to developing nations and areas struck with disaster as a way for them to still have access to safe water and resulting in a reduction in water-spread disease within those states.

Other solutions were also presented.

“The building of freshwater treatment plants can be used in lakes around Africa, at which point a large amount of freshwater will be generated which can be distributed all throughout Africa, ensuring that everyone has access to safe water,” the Congo Delegation proposed.

The Spain delegation proposed a plan named RAP, meant to “recognize all nations with water inefficiencies and personally help them to increase their water levels”,  “raise awareness through social media to reduce unnecessary water consumption in developing nations, and reuse reclaimed water for irrigation and landscaping,” and “perform the program, with a day where NGOs and businesses willing to participate in the program will inform communities on how to desalinate water and reduce their avoidable water consumption within rural areas once per year.” 

Throughout the debate, more solutions will become apparent for the issues surrounding the topic of ensuring access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation, and member states will likely come to one resulting idea of how to best address the problems associated with this topic.