Tuesday 20 November, 2018

WMO: 1 in 4 people to live with water shortages by 2050

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said, “it is estimated that by 2050 at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of fresh water.”

WMO kicked off a global conference on hydrological services on Monday in Geneva that addresses the urgent need to improve forecasting, management and utilization of water resources in an era of growing water stress, pollution and hazards such as floods.

The HydroConference, running through 9 May, brings together providers and users of hydrological services to strengthen knowledge-sharing and coordination among all water stakeholders.

Speaking to reporters in New York, Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General said that the conference’s aim is to “establish a more coordinated platform to inform the international agenda on sustainable development, disaster risk reduction and climate change.”