Water for life

We will focus on Water for Life because it is such a key issue for environment and sustainable development in the world today.

As the world's driest continent Australia faces many water challenges - the recent long drought has made people even more aware of the importance of water as an issue.

In Bangladesh, arsenic in wells is a problem creating health problems for millions of people. In Sudan, conflict over resources has been blamed as a cause for the Darfur tragedy. In the Mekong river region of Asia, water is also a vital concern. For all these reasons, the United Nations have declared an International decade for action on "Water for Life".

Water also has a powerful dimension that is present in all the world's major religions as a symbol of life, of cleansing, or renewal.

It is a great theme on which we can an need to develop concerted action with young people from around the globe.