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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

The book "Battle for water" describes the past/current/upcoming global conflicts and wars over water and solutions to end these.

Diplomatic Council (
Non-governmental organization (NGO)

    The Diplomatic Council has published the book "Battle for water". Meticulous and months-long researches have been carried out to finalize this book. It includes all vital information about our precious asset water, the global conflicts and wars over water, suggestions on how to mitigate or even end these conflicts and wars, advice and tips how to safe water, etc.

    The author of this book is touring in Germany to present this book and give lectures on this topic. The focus of this book: in earlier times, wars have been fought over oil but in future, wars will be fought over water because within the next years/decades water will be an even more scarce commodity due to the climate change. It takes joint forces on a global scale in order to prevent these upcoming wars. Water scarcity is not only responsible for wars between states and continents but it also takes away the basis of life for humans and animals, it causes hunger and leads to displacements and streams of refugees.

    Expected Impact

    Many people, in particular, in the first world countries, take water for granted. They have it in abundance and are not aware of the problems and fights over wars. They know about the problems in some regions of the worlds such as Africa but it is too far away from them. They do not appreciate water as one of the most precious goods that humans have. Hence, they spend it too freely. In many cases, water is polluted because of ignorance, unawareness and greed. This book is intended to inform and teach people to no longer ignore the problems and take actions in their personal lives.


    Municipalities, Communities, Cities, Authorities, Politicians

    Goal 6

    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

    Goal 6


    By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all


    Proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services


    By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations


    Proportion of population using (a) safely managed sanitation services and (b) a hand-washing facility with soap and water


    By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally


    Proportion of domestic and industrial wastewater flows safely treated


    Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality


    By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity

    Change in water-use efficiency over time


    Level of water stress: freshwater withdrawal as a proportion of available freshwater resources


    By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate


    Degree of integrated water resources management 


    Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation


    By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes

    Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time


    By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies

    Amount of water- and sanitation-related official development assistance that is part of a government-coordinated spending plan


    Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management


    Proportion of local administrative units with established and operational policies and procedures for participation of local communities in water and sanitation management

    Name Description
    Book "Kampf ums Wasser" (Battle for water) in German
    The English version of this Book "Battle for water"
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    Months of researches and writing
    Staff / Technical expertise
    Author, editor, proofreader
    Financing (in USD)
    Publication costs of this book, translation costs into English
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    Contact Information

    Hang , Secretary General