The best definition for “Sustainable Development” is the one released by United Nations (Brundtland Report 1987) – «Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.»
While all 5 pillars of Energy, Water, Food, Waste & Ecology are important, Water, is arguably, the most important, as it is vital to life ………..without water, life itself would not exist
Some alarming aspects about Water
In fact this acute shortage of water in the new millennium was predicted in 1995 by the then Vice President of World Bank, Ismail Serageldin «If the wars of this century were fought for oil, the wars of the next century will be fought over water”
Closer home to UAE, the scene is still more alarming…
The UAE Government and organizations like DEWA have been rolling out several initiatives to raise awareness of the urgent need to curb wastage of water – viz. “A Green Economy for Sustainable Development” rolled out by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in 2012, the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week held in January every year by Masdar, the Expo 2020 Subtheme of Sustainability and so on…
As HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai states
“The future generations will be the chief beneficiary of our achievements and the best judge of what we accomplish in the field of Sustainable Development ”.