September 16, 2019
 In 2021-Access to Water and Sanitation

Country: Russian Federation
Delegate Name: Madelyn Sheridan

Maddy Sheridan
Royal Oak High School
Delegate from Russia

2 billion people around the world don’t have access to basic sanitation and 884 million people don’t have access to safe drinking water as of 2019. If the world had proper water and sanitation 9% of global diseases could be prevented. Russia has enough water to supply its citizens with water but most of Russia’s citizens live far away from Russia’s biggest sources of freshwater as well as the networks for water desperately need renovation. Around one third of Russia’s water supply network needs to be replaced because they are made of steel but only 1.6 percent of the total supply networks that need to be replaced have been replaced as of 2015.
22 percent of Russia’s population do not have a centralized form of clean water. Russia’s waste water system is in such poor condition because of its poor financing. The poor conditions of Russia’s water supply networks amounts to around 60 percent of the water supplied to Russia’s water networks being lost through leakages. Though Russia wants to reduce its water leakage it doesn’t want to do so in an uneconomical way. They want to ensure that the money they save from reducing water waste is less than the cost of reducing further water leakages in their water supply network. One way, Russia plans to fix its water supply and waste filtration system is with its “The Clean Water of Russia” program. Some of the things this program aims to do is modernize the water system, protect water sources and develop regulations for water supply systems. It is important to mention that the politicians of Russia view water as a good that can be bought and sold although the “The Clean Water of Russia ” program doesn’t even mention this. The first thing Russia needs to do is find a way to finance their plans for improving access to clean water. Russia’s policy position is to modernize Russian water networks, insure that people use water responsibly, provide safe and clean drinking water to everyone in the city of Moscow and introduce new and up to date technologies to help with the treatment of water.

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