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Weekly Session 16 - Access to Clean Water

Secretary Tue, 03/06/2018 - 21:14

Access to Clean Water

Upcoming AGM

On March 15th, we shall be electing 4 new people to form a committee for the next exciting year of LeedsMUN! To put yourself forward for a position simply message or email Bekki Preston ( with which position(s) you want to run for. You can run for up to 2 positions. You will be able to nominate yourself until 10pm on Saturday 10th March.

  • President
    • Is responsible for the general running of the committee and its financial standing
    • Chairs the regular committee meetings
    • Is responsible for coordinating the workings of the committee, ensures that things that need to be done are done
    • Is the Secretary-General of the LeedsMUN Conference – coordinates the organisation of the conference
  • Vice-President
    • Is responsible for liaising with the Leeds University Union
    • Act as a deputy to the President taking over some of their roles if necessary
    • Assists with the general running of the society
    • Takes charge of the logistics for the LeedsMUN Conference
  • Secretary
    • Is responsible for society’s general communication strategy including maintaining the
      communication channels of the society
    • Ensures that society members are informed about the activities of the society
    • Takes charge of the general communication strategy of the LeedsMUN Conference
    • Takes minutes of society meetings
  • Treasurer
    • Manages the financial account of the society
    • Ensures that the society is financially stable
    • Ensures that the society receives all the appropriate payments and pays all its liabilities
    • Seeks out sources of funding

Study Guide

Access to clean and safe water is one of the basic necessities for one’s personal wellbeing. Because of its importance, ensuring access to water and sanitation for all is one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are meant to serve as a map towards global development. However, this goal is also one that is made increasingly difficult to achieve due to the effects of climate change. Increasing frequency of extreme weather events brings greater water supply insecurity to many areas of the world where water was already at a premium.

UNDP estimates that as much as 40% of the global population is affected by water scarcity. While there was an increase of the amount of people having access to safe drinking water compared to the 1990s, currently the amount of people affected by water shortages is predicted to rise. Even in relatively highly developed countries, water shortages might become an issue as evidenced by recent drought in Cape Town. On the other hand, water wastage is widespread across the world, mainly in agriculture and developed nations. Often, the irresponsible use of water resources causes shortage elsewhere.

Thus, to ensure the delivery of this SDG, focus needs to be put on greater efficiency of water usage, more waste water recycling, investment into water retention technologies as well as on preserving naturally water-retaining ecosystems. In addition, improving sanitation through decreasing number of people who practice open defecation and who suffer from cross-contaminated drinking water would have a significant contribution to improving health and limiting the spread of disease.