UN: Gov't fails to satisfy safe water demand

Running water from the tap PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Running water from the tap PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

The United Nations (UN) has raised alarm over Botswana's water accessibility challenges, highlighting government's shortcomings in ensuring its citizens have adequate access to safe water.

UN's Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, Dr David Boyd, expressed concern over the scarcity of water, deeming it a human rights issue.

In the report scheduled for presentation to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2024, Boyd emphasised Botswana's inadequate provision of safe and sufficient water, urging a prioritisation of human rights over ecosystem needs and industrial demands. "Water is a basic human right that should be prioritised above any other needs of ecosystems.

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