Today, marks World Water Day, the day we recognize the critical role that water plays in our world. Kenna, a native Ethiopian, knows the intimate challenges that face his home country and the millions of people around the world who suffer from lack of access to clean water. As a native Bolivian, I grew up with Chacaltaya glacier as our source of water -- a source that is no longer there, as a result of melting due to climate change.
Secretary Clinton recognizes the increasing significance of water as a foreign policy issue in our globalized world. Today, she called for a renewed focus on addressing the immense challenges we face, such as the fact that one out of every six people lacks safe drinking water and two out of every five people lack adequate sanitation. By 2025, nearly two-thirds of the world's population will be living under water-stressed conditions and approximately one billion people will face absolute water scarcity. The implications of these challenges range from health, gender equity, and child survival to poverty and peace and security.
Kenna recently climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in a campaign to raise awareness of water-related challenges. Today, we echo Secretary Clinton's message and that of the Summit on the Summit team. We stand with the people of the world who suffer from thirst and who face an insecure future without a secure source of water. We stand with the women and children who are forced to walk miles to collect water for their families, and with the families like Kenna's, who have lost a loved one due to a preventable water-borne disease.
If we don't act now, the number of people facing similar dilemmas will only increase -- and no person or country is immune. We are committed to elevating this issue in our daily work, and we encourage every person to raise their voices and take up this cause with us.
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