Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today sought comprehensive global efforts for water management, urging world leaders to prioritise the water issues in their policies and actions, laying out a seven-point agenda involving the scarce resource, BSS reports.
“We must work together (for water management) and act now . . . Bangladesh is committed to playing its role in this regard,” she told the opening of Water Summit-2016 at Hungarian capital of Budapest drawing heads of state and government of different countries.
The Bangladesh premier particularly laid emphasis on charting out an appropriate policy on sharing trans-boundary waters saying “effective management of trans-boundary river water is very important” referring to the importance of water in the traditional life of the downstream deltaic country.
“Scarcity is not the main cause for persisting water crisis but the problem is also linked with equitable distribution,” she said but acknowledged sharing of cross-border streams as a “complex issue”.
Sheikh Hasina, a member of UN High-Level Panel on Water (HLPW), laid out the seven-point agenda being the head of government of riverine Bangladesh, criss- crossed by 230 rivers, 54 being cross-boundary ones.
“Water occupies a central place to our culture, ethos, lives and livelihoods,” she said.