Rastriya Samachar Smiti – UNESCO – How Truly Unsafe is the Water in Nepal?

As a landlocked and impoverished nation, Nepal lacks access to safe and clean water infrastructure, putting the Nepalese at risk for many waterborne diseases. In the country of Nepal, merely 80% of citizens have access to drinking water, yet only 27% of this is sanitary, leaving many to rely on freshwater from rivers and wells. Typically freshwater contains many minerals and nutrients, but with Nepal being landlocked, access to waterbodies, specifically clean ones, can be limited. The recurring issues of flooding and drought only worsen these water conditions by severely polluting them.

While in UNESCO, Nepal shared how vast their lack of water education is, as they are a mountainous and valley region with many different terrains,  causing numerous instances of flooding and droughts. The Nepal delegate shared that, hoping to help pass the “seal plan,” an idea the Russian federation proposed in committee. The “seal plan” is the Russian Federation’s proposed idea of water education reform, as they believe water is a human right. With these ideas, a greater water education would directly benefit all of the issues regarding water infrastructure, not only in Nepal but all around the world, providing education and resources for overall safer and cleanly water.