National Statement by Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Sustainability and the Environment, at the United Nations 2023 Water Conference on 22 March 2023
Water is essential to life, to growing of food, to public health, and to ending poverty. The world is coming together for the first major UN conference on water in five decades to recognise the importance of water in sustainable development and climate action. And to find solutions to the many significant challenges in water management that are common to us.
Extreme weather patterns, brought about by climate change, are exacerbating water stresses. We need to double down on our efforts to achieve a sustainable and secure water supply for all, to transcend the growing challenge of water scarcity amidst climate change.
Read more about Singapore’s Water Story and its voluntary commitments under the Water Action Agenda >>
Singapore World Water Day Celebrations: Make Every Drop Count!
PHOTO: PUB, SINGAPORE’S NATIONAL WATER AGENCY
PUB launched its annual water conservation campaign to rally the nation to come together to celebrate water, appreciate water and advocate for water sustainability in March. This year’s campaign aims to reinforce the centrality of water conservation in Singapore’s long-term sustainability efforts and how simple water-saving actions done daily can help protect the environment and build a more sustainable future.
During the month-long celebration of Singapore World Water Day (SWWD), Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Mr Lawrence Wong officiated the main SWWD celebration event at the Marina Barrage on 18 March. He joined over 2,000 representatives from schools, corporates and grassroots organisations in a mass “Walk for Water” before addressing those present.
In his speech, DPM Wong highlighted how Singapore has overcome its water challenges in the past due to the leadership, tenacity and innovation of its forefathers, and by working together as one people. Going forward, there is still more to do to meet future demand and tackle the challenges of climate change.
He shared that beyond our homes, businesses and other organisations have a big part to play too, as businesses make up more than half of Singapore’s water demand and this is likely to rise. From next year onwards, PUB will introduce mandatory water recycling for new projects in water-intensive industries, like the wafer fabrication, electronic, and biomedical sectors, to conserve water. DPM Wong called on everyone present to do their part for water conservation through simple actions daily.
Partners also set up booths to showcase their ground-up efforts in water conservation and appreciating our water resources at the event.
Read DPM Wong’s speech here >>