Jordan is co-ordinating with international aid agencies to incorporate water and sanitation among the post-2015 UN development goals, The Jordan Times reported Monday (March 24th).
"If the Arab region, which suffers from water scarcity, does not push for incorporating water and sanitation as one of the post-2015 millennium development goals (MDGs), then none of the water-rich countries will do so," Water Minister Hazem Nasser said during a ceremony marking World Water Day.
The UN is working with governments, civil society and other partners to build on the momentum generated by the MDGs and carry on with its post-2015 development agenda.
The MDGs are drawn from the actions and targets contained in the Millennium Declaration adopted during the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000.
"Water supply tops Jordan's priorities because the water sector is facing major challenges in light of global warming and the resulting decrease in rainfall," Nasser said. "Water resources are being depleted and there is unprecedented demand on our already shrinking water resources."
The water deficit in the region currently stands at 45 billion cubic metres and is expected to surge to 127 billion cubic metres by 2030, he said.