聯合國兒童基金會（UNICEF）執行長佛南曼（Ann Veneman）22日在紐約「為水而走」（Walk for Water）活動開幕時表示，有4億2500萬名18歲以下的孩子沒有足夠的水可使用。 在這項星巴克和礦泉水公司Ethos Water所舉行的活動中，佛南曼表示：「取得乾淨的飲用水對孩子的健康來說，是十分重要的。在世界上，有許多地方的女人和小孩必須行走很遠的距離，才能取得家庭所需的飲用、清潔和煮食的水。」
企業團體及財政機構也加入聲援2007世界水資源日的行列。總部在突尼斯的非洲發展銀行（African Development Bank Group, AfDB），目前把水源及衛生下水道設備列為優先處理項目，以投注更多金額於「為非洲止渴」陣線中。 目前，在非洲的14個國家均蒙受水資源短缺的壓力，在北非尤其嚴重。非洲發展銀行表示：在人口增加、城市及經濟發展的規模均急速擴張的情形下，水資源的問題便愈發棘手。
Water scarcity is a fact of life for 700 million people around the world, a figure that could rise to more than three billion by 2025, according to the United Nations. In a message today marking World Water Day UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for integrated cross-border water management since many of the world's rivers and aquifers are shared among countries.
"Available supplies are under great duress as a result of high population growth, unsustainable consumption patterns, poor management practices, pollution, inadequate investment in infrastructure and low efficiency in water-use," said Ban.
"Yet even more water will be needed in the future - to grow food, to provide clean drinking water and sanitation services, to operate industries and to support expanding cities," he said. "The water-supply-demand gap is likely to grow wider still, threatening economic and social development and environmental sustainability." "The way forward is clear," said the secretary-general, "strengthening institutional capacity and governance at all levels, promoting more technology transfer, mobilizing more financial resources, and scaling up good practices and lessons learned."
Some 425 million of those without enough water are children under 18, said UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman, kicking off the Walk for Water Event in New York City today. "Access to clean drinking water is critical for the health of children around the world," said Veneman at the event organized by Starbucks Coffee Company and Ethos Water. "In many parts of the world women and children walk long distances to fetch water for their families for drinking, washing and cooking."
For each bottle of Ethos water purchased in Starbucks stores, five cents is contributed to the Ethos Water Fund of the Starbucks Foundation. These funds support Starbucks' goal of contributing at least $10 million over five years to non-profit organizations involved in water issues.
Businesses and financial institutions, too, are marking World Water Day 2007. In Tunis, the African Development Bank Group, AfDB, is prioritizing its water and sanitation operations to "quench Africa's thirst" for more investments to this sector. Currently, 14 countries in Africa are subject to water stress or water scarcity, with those in northern Africa facing the worst prospects. This situation is getting worse as a consequence of rapid population growth, expanding urbanization, and increased economic development, the AfDB said.
The World Bank today called for increased investments from private and public sources in order to enhance water security in developing countries which are projected to suffer the most because of water scarcity. "When countries reach this minimum platform, water becomes a driver of economic growth rather than a negative force associated with floods and natural disasters," said Jamal Saghir, World Bank director for energy, transport and water.
In Switzerland, IUCN-The World Conservation Union launched a new publication today entitled, "Pay – Establishing payments for watershed services." The new book lays out a range of payment schemes that are commonly used, from private trading, to cap-and-trade, to certification and public payment schemes. "Markets can solve watershed degradation through investments in the sustainable management of ecosystems," says Ger Bergkamp, head of the IUCN Water Programme.
French Vittel, the world's largest mineral water bottling company, already invests US$24.5 million per year to compensate farmers in France for reduced use of fertilizer. The result is a reduction in the contamination risk of the bottler's main source of water. In Costa Rica, individual water users in the city of Heridia pay through their water bills to protect the forests and watersheds on which Heridia's healthy water supply depends. Landowners upstream receive up to US$110 per hectare per year to safeguard downstream water quality, the IUCN explains.