Water is low on the United Nation’s priority list
by Edgar L. Gärtner
“Clean water for a healthy world“ is the theme of today’s 18th annual international World Water day. UN general secretary Ban Ki-Moon did not miss out the opportunity to point out that clean water is a scarce commodity on our watery planet and is becoming scarcer due to climate change. 80% of the infectious diseases in developing countries are caused by contaminated drinking water, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). One and a half million children reportedly die every year through the consumption of contaminated water. If the UN took its (alleged) assignment to focus on the most pressing global problems seriously, drinking water supply would have top priority.
However, Ban Ki-Moon’s reference to climate change as main reason for drinking water shortage must surely pull us up short. I was convinced that poverty in one part of the world as a current result of theocracy and kleptocracy was the main reason for sanitary conditions which are literally stinking to high heaven, whereas long-term climatic trends and weather conditions play a secondary role. That’s why my hopes and expectations were high, when the Rio+10 Conference in Johannesburg shifted the balances in September 2002: On the top of the problem hierarchy was not any longer “Carbone dioxide and climate”, but “Water”, in particular, the supply of drinking water to the poorest people in the world as well as sanitary minimum standards. Therewith, the Johannesburg Conference (unacknowledged) followed the economist’s rationale that the pressing problem to grant 1.2 billion people access to clean drinking water could be realised at a fraction of the costs which would result from the implementation of CO2 reduction measurements defined in the Kyoto-Protocol.
The Danish statistician and ex-Greenpeace member Bjørn Lomborg enumerated in his book “The Sceptical Environmentalist”, published before the Johannesburg Conference, that the conversion of Kyoto Protocol would cost up to 350 billion dollar per year (seven times more than entire „development assistance” – whatever that means – proven in official statistics), without being able to achieve measurable results thereby in the next 50 to 100 years. “The Kyoto costs in only one year would comfortably be sufficient to solve the biggest problem of all poor countries: the supply of clean drinking water and sanitary plants“, Lomborg claimed instead.
However, in the following years the UN unfortunately did not follow Lomborg initiated so-called Copenhagen Consensus. For transparent reasons, heads of state and diplomats worried far more intensively about the illusory problem of an overheating of the earth in the next hundred years than about the acute problems of the drinking water hygiene. Service-cash eggheads helped them to magnify the Kioto follow-up conference in Copenhagen to the event of world-historical consequence. While in December 2009 not less than 112 heads of state including a flurry of people travelled to “the climate summit“ to Copenhagen, no state head showed his face during the (however “only” regional) “water summit” in Ankara three months before.
The policy moves today literally in a „topsy-turvy world“ or, in a “wrong ecology” according to the geochemist and former French research and education Minister Claude Allègre in his newest book, which is already a best-seller. Allègre urgently warned not by chance of the totalitarian logic of the wrong ecology and its finance-capitalistic profiteers in his book. Because those who operate in such a way with facts like the coworkers of the UN environmental program UNEP and the international climatic arbitral tribunal IPCC, might not hesitate to rape in the name of the tin god „ecological balance“ or to face people with hunger and epidemics. How right Allègre proves to be is demonstrated in the policy statement, which the German UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner held scarcely one month ago on the meeting of the UNEP Governing Council in Bali. Undeterred by the fiasco of the so-called Climate Summit in Copenhagen, Steiner presented the way into the green world dictatorship. One hopes however, that he reckons without his host. Because the results of the Copenhagen Summit just show that emerging countries like Asia and Latin America see through the game of the so-called climate savers.