Water security at the end of the 20th Century

Fresh water exists in sufficient quantities to satisfy the current needs of the worlds population. Unfortunately, its unequal geographic distribution and its often incoherent management have created conflicts and difficulties within and between different countries. At the dawning of the 21st Century, water is a security issue because of its vital interest for each State, but it should be at the disposition of each human being in order to assure their life. As much as water distribution is placed under the responsibility of States, it is also the responsibility of the international community and should be a source of cooperation, particularly in Europe, in order to provide water security for all. – Summary AFRI-2001