A selection of UN TV programmes, webcasts and video clips on issues in the news

Friday, 5 October 2012

The world in 2050 is one where:

  • We have equal access to improved sanitation, safe water, food and health and well-being.
  • We have healthy ecosystems.
  • There is inclusivity in decision-making by both traditional stakeholders such as business and government, but also by neglected groups such as women, youth and indigenous peoples.
  • We look beyond the present.
  • We have informed, aware and proactive citizens who know the value of food and water and you use resources wisely.
  • There is transparency and accountability.
  • We have cooperation that is built on trust by all stakeholders, and one that acknowledges interdependencies.
However we still live in a world where:
  • 2.6 billion people lack improved sanitation
  • Roughly 800 million people lack safe drinking water
  • One billion people go to bed hungry
  • 2 billion people are undernourished
  • 60% of ecosystem services are deteriorating
  • One billion people are obese
  • Between 30- 50% food produced is wasted
The journey to get there should be driven by:
  • Increasing sustainable investments in agriculture
  • Embracing a more resource efficient diet
  • Implementing sustainable intensification
  • Wasting less food
  • Promoting enabling conditions that include incentive mechanisms, policy cohesion and institutional design and strengthening
  • Being adaptable
  • Understanding the link between water, energy and food
  • Adopting business model perspectives in development projects
  • Developing resource recovery and re-use
  • Empowering communities
  • Boosting fairer trade markets
  • Learning from our mistakes as well as our successes
This initiative was successful in raising the voice of the young professionals and allowing it to reach decision makers that attended World Water Week. It also highlighted the World Water Week in Stockholm as a platform which invests in helping and developing the future leaders of our planet. You can still engage with the Young Professionals' Vision team by following discussions online on the twitter hash tag #YPL or on the World Water Week Social Media Hub: 

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