Committee
World Health Organization
Country
Bolivia

Author

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_ TOPIC A. WORLD WATER CRISIS: DISEASE MANAGEMENT AND SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS_

Honourable chair, fellow delegates, sisters and brothers of the world

      Andean mythology relates that the creator god, Wirakocha, sent rain drops to Pachamama or Mother Earth, which impregnated her with life. Beyond the mystic veil of this ancient allegory, indigenous peoples of Bolivia have always considered water as a source of life, as a bearer of cultural, traditional and social meaning. Not surprisingly, during the 21st Century, Bolivians have fought against capitalistic water privatisation and have stood up for the recognition of this valuable resource as a constitutional and human right. The struggle of the Peoples of Bolivia was not in vain: under both article 20 and Fifth Chapter of Bolivia’s Constitution of 2009, water became “a fundamental right for life” and on Bolivia’s own initiative, water and sanitation were recognized as basic human rights at the 64th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations , in 2010.

      Despite the fact that (human) life is not plausible without water, this precious resource might as well be the silent and undulated carrier of death. Amebiasis, Cholera, E. Coli 0157:H7, Hepatitis A, Malaria, Dengue, to name but a few, are all examples of water-related diseases. Notwithstanding the great majority of the enlisted illnesses are easily preventable, the lack of hygiene, education and means are to be held responsible for the prevalence of the potentially fat...