NBC | WHO | Mexico, New Zealand, Iraq, Morocco, and Canada present the “HIPE Plan” to prevent drinking water pollution and improve the quality of current water sources

In the “World Health Organization”, many nations from around the world met to discuss the growing concern of clean water access. Fresh water is not unlimited and nations are finding that certain countries, especially developing nations, are struggling to supply their citizens access to clean drinking water. Nations present took various stances on how to currently clean up water sources and how to prevent future contamination.

The countries of Mexico, Morocco, Iraq, and New Zealand all agreed to work towards their plan for preventing water pollution called the “HIPE plan”. “HIPE” is an acronym for “Healthcare, Infrastructure, Purification, and Education”. Mexico said that his fellow delegates and himself included hope for this plan to have, “Developed countries helping developing countries” and allow for a formula that he described as, “Peace + Prosperity = Progress”. 

Morocco advanced Mexico’s discussion on the “HIPE plan” by advocating for regulations of rural communities when it comes to clean drinking water. Morocco described that the main source of water pollution in many developing nations is open defecation. Developing nations often don’t have the infrastructure to have proper plumbing and sanitation institutions, which can lead rural communities to resort to open defecation, thus contaminating drinking water. Morocco advocates for proper consultation of rural communities by local organizations to implement awareness on water pollution.

Both Iraq and New Zealand suggested that the “HIPE plan” focus on urban communities. Both delegates promoted an increase in desalinization programs and influence from local governments to increase standards of water security in industrialized areas. Canada also took part in the discussion to advocate for implementing guidelines on large-scale “mining” corporations from developed countries that are affecting the environments of developing countries. In many developing countries there are no regulations protecting the environment, therefore companies are free to assess the environment however they please, although the consequences can include water contamination. Canada asks for the “HIPE plan” to include stricter standards of what global companies and corporations are permitted to do to the environments of developing nations, in creating an “international framework” that can be universally followed. Additionally, New Zealand encouraged that arid regions could have clean water imported.