Vatican City, Mar 25, 2021 / 12:00 pm
It must be an international priority to ensure that everyone has access to clean, potable water. That is the firm belief of the Vatican.
Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, told CNA that the Holy See has been working for years to realize this vision, even before the United Nations General Assembly recognized the human right to water and sanitation in 2010.
Speaking after World Water Day, an annual U.N. observance held on March 22, the Ghanaian cardinal underlined the Vatican’s long-term commitment on the issue of access to water, evaluated the Dicastery’s most recent initiatives, and outlined future developments.
In March 2020, the Dicastery published the document “Aqua fons vitae,” which provides “orientations on water, a symbol of the cry of the poor and the earth.”
The document epitomized years of work of the Holy See on the issue. The Vatican took part in August 2019 in World Water Week, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute.
In the past, the Dicastery has participated in meetings of the World Water Forum, which gathers every three years, summoned by the World Council of Water.
According to Turkson, “access to drinkable water and hygienic services is a matter of human dignity. It is about life and health. It is a precondition to fulfill other rights.”