Being an agent of an eco-friendly technology, the International Water Mist Association (IWMA) has resolved the support of three of the UN Sustainable Development Goals:
- Goal 6: clean water and sanitation
- Goal 9: industry, innovation and infrastructure
- Goal 13: climate action
Why these goals in particular?
Goal 6: The connection here is water! As simple as that! The United Nations state that “water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of people, an alarming figure that is projected to rise as temperatures do.” The places where water mist systems are installed may in 99.9 % of the cases not be identical to the places water is scarce, but IWMA would like to make a point in underlining the value of water. Potable water is sufficiently abundant in most places, but not all. The United Nations want to change that and IWMA wishes to support the human right to water and sanitation.
Goal 9: The United Nations say that “with over half the world population now living in cities, mass transport and renewable energy are becoming ever more important, as are the growth of new industries and information and communication technologies”. IWMA argues that the population, the cities, the mentioned infrastructure must all be protected. This goal also incorporates the environmental aspects and the promotion of sustainable industries as well as the scientific research to facilitate sustainable development – all points that IWMA as well as the IWMA members bear in mind.
Goal 13: “There is no country that is not experiencing the drastic effects of climate change”, the United Nations report. And: “The annual average economic losses from climate-related disasters are in the hundreds of billions of dollars.” Water mist is an eco-friendly and sustainable technology and has its place in a low-carbon future. The technology saves water by using less water and material by using less material. Plus: less water also means reduced water damage and in consequent less debris after a fire.
How will IWMA support these UN Sustainable Development Goals: The IWMA Board of Directors have agreed to donate 1% of the annual incoming membership fees to the United Nations. IWMA will support the goals alternately starting with goal 13.
What are the Sustainable Development Goals?
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
The 17 SDGs are integrated - that is, they recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability.
Through the pledge to Leave No One Behind, countries have committed to fast-track progress for those furthest behind first. That is why the SDGs are designed to bring the world to several life-changing ‘zeros’, including zero poverty, hunger, AIDS and discrimination against women and girls.
Everyone is needed to reach these ambitious targets. The creativity, knowhow, technology and financial resources from all of society is necessary to achieve the SDGs in every context.