Water is part of humankind’s common heritage and a vital resource
for human survival. However, it is also a limited, fragile resource,
and one in six of the world’s inhabitants still does not have access
There are increasingly close links between water and security,
to the point where water is becoming a military and political tool
and a new weapon for terrorists, leading to acts of violence and
conflicts which may threaten a state’s political and social stability.
Governments must recognise that access to water is a fundamental
human right and the rules of international water law should be revised.
States should also set up programmes of assistance and co-operation
with countries which suffer from water shortages.