Water an essential element for life

(Vatican City 2013), 117 pp.

The book presents the contributions prepared by the Holy See on the occasion of the World Water Forum in Kyoto (2003), Mexico City (2006), Istanbul (2009) and Marseilles (2012).

The wish of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace is to continue in the priority effort to provide drinking water to everyone, and to take as a reference a wide definition of its access: regular and constant access, in sufficient quantity to allow people at least to live in dignity, and that it be accessible from the economic, legislative and factual standpoints. Moreover, its smell, taste and colour should allow it to be used effectively. Everything must be done in the most sustainable way for society, the environment, and the economy.