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World Water Day 2019: Water for All!

Fanni Kaszás 2019.03.22.

The theme of this year’s World Water Day is ‘Leaving no one behind,’ an adaptation of the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. After all, “it is only fair that as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit.” In Hungary, water is of great value, and not merely because of the revenue generated by the country’s famous thermal hot springs.

Today, billions of people are living without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories are struggling to survive and thrive. UN Water coordinates the efforts of United Nations entities and international organizations working on water and sanitation issues. In its World Water Day leaflet, UN Water discusses how to ‘leave no one behind,’ including the marginalized and often ignored.

Other factors, such as environmental degradation, climate change, population growth, conflict, forced displacement and migration also disproportionately affect marginalized groups by impacting water. In Hungary, the droughts and high temperatures throughout August have caused a noticeable reduction in the Danube River’s water level. In fact, water levels at several points along the Danube River hit a record low multiple times during the summer months:

Lowest Water Levels Recorded on Danube – Photo Album!

The photos below are just a few striking examples of water in Hungary:

Balatonmáriafürdő, a boat station pier in Lake Balaton (photo: György Varga/MTI)

 

Quarry pond near Délegyháza (photo: Balázs Mohai/ MTI)

 

The meeting point between Moson-Danube and Rába in downtown Győr (photo: Csaba Krizsán/MTI)

 

Drying lake near Kakasd (photo: Tamás Sóki/MTI)

 

The Kráter Lake near Nagyhegyes (photo: Zsolt Czeglédi/MTI)