The UN has therefore identified access to water and sanitation as one of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. By 2030, it wants to achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water, ensure access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene, and end open defecation.
Addressing this urgent global issue since 2007The programme looks to advance solutions, expertise and know-how to address the global water challenge in local communities, as well as internationally.
To do this, Water for the World focuses on three areas:
- Improving access to safe water and sanitation through local projects
- Preserving water resources by advancing sustainable water management best practices
- Raising awareness in communities and across the value chain
Among the many examples of the programme’s work, notable projects include:
- Providing safe and affordable drinking water to around 50,000 of the poorest people in Nairobi, Kenya. This is the programme’s largest ever project and was carried out in partnership with Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) and OFID, the OPEC Fund for International Development. A follow-up project in Mozambique is currently being prepared.
- Improving water and sanitation facilities for 124,000 patients and workers at Thach Ha District Hospital, in one of Vietnam’s poorest provinces. Water for the World joined with Borouge’s local agent Han Huy Trading and Singapore-based NHO Lien Aid, to carry out this work.
- Installing new water supply systems serving more than 5,000 people, after monsoon rains destroyed much of the infrastructure in mountain villages in Northern Pakistan. This project was in conjunction with Pakistan NGO HEED.
“Project after project, we see our creative solutions come to life and make a tangible impact on the communities around us, helping people and driving progress,” says Wim Roels, CEO of Borouge Pte Ltd.
“The first 10 years of Water for the World have brought us great experience and pride, and we have exciting plans for the next decade,” adds Ahmed O. Abdulla, CEO of Abu Dhabi Polymers Company (Borouge).
Borealis and Borouge announce their contributions to communities in need during the International Water Summit being held in Abu Dhabi from 15-18 January 2018, where companies from around the world demonstrate the projects they carried out across the world to help people in poor communities have a proper access to fresh water and sanitation. This year, the global event promotes water sustainability in arid regions, which goes in line with the strategic objectives of the Water for the World programme.
Source: Borealis AG