With the aim of intensifying efforts towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Beyond2020, the UAE-driven humanitarian initiative, has installed environmentally sustainable freshwater resources in communities in rural Việt Nam, providing clean water access to 10,000 people.
Launched by the Zayed Sustainability Prize in partnership with several leading organisations, Beyond2020 carries forward the humanitarian legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan by providing sustainable technologies and solutions to vulnerable communities around the world. Việt Nam marks the 16th deployment of Beyond2020, which will continue to offer life-transforming interventions to a broad number of beneficiaries worldwide, providing tech for good and fostering development that is inclusive and sustainable.
Commenting on the installation in Việt Nam, Bader Al Matrooshi, Ambassador of UAE to Việt Nam, said: “Both the UAE and Việt Nam have a strong resolve to promote innovative solutions that urgently address pressing sustainability challenges. As we expand water access to rural Vietnamese communities through the implementation of pioneering water filters, we not only tackle a critical need but also foster resilience and well-being. Beyond2020 remains a symbol of collaboration, connecting innovation to bring about positive real-world change.”
Nguyễn Mạnh Tuấn, Ambassador of Việt Nam to the UAE, said: “Providing safe drinking water to all Vietnamese is a top priority for our government. The Beyond2020 initiative, which has brought safe drinking water to 10,000 local people, is an important step to unlocking access to sustainable sources of water that can help our countrymen in the remote areas live a healthier, more productive life.”
Amine Bel Hadj Soulami, CEO of BNP Paribas Middle East & Africa, a partner of the initiative, said: “As a responsible bank, BNP Paribas is proud to partner with Beyond2020 and mobilise resources for communities in need. As the impact of climate change mounts, millions of people face greater challenges in terms of extreme events, health effects, food security, livelihood security and water security. This is why, more than ever, we must collaborate with global partners, such as Beyond2020, to create real and scalable impact.”
With over 2,360 rivers, Việt Nam has abundant supplies of natural water resources. However, the country faces severe water shortages. Although the country has made rapid progress in improving water supplies over the past few decades, in the country’s remote areas – where two-thirds of the population resides – it is reported that less than 50 per cent of households have access to safe water and sanitation.
Providing a simple water purification system that can clean the water from its rivers and wells would significantly bolster the nation’s water security and also improve key health outcomes.
Source: Vietnam News