Without water there is no life. Clean drinking water and sanitation are basic human rights _ essential to life and to all other rights. Lack of access to clean water and sanitation is a silent crisis that destroys livelihoods and claims more lives through illness than any war claims through guns.
The 2012 London Paralympics captivated the world's attention with the strength of human spirit demonstrated by people with disabilities. We were all moved by the determination and perseverance of the athletes to overcome the odds that defeat so many of us.
The recent Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development focused world attention on building the future we want. On the occasion of International Youth Day on Sunday, we should remember that we have a very precious resource in providing for a sustainable future, namely our young people.