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Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist leaders have marked the significance of water in various religious traditions.
A World Council of Churches statement has called on churches, governments and the United Nations to ensure universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene.
The World Council of Churches' Ecumenical Water Network has launched an online compilation of biblical reflections and resources on water for use during Lent.
A series of weekly reflections is available during Lent, focusing on the "economy of water," offering suggestions for how people can work towards water justice.
Water must be high on the agenda of international conferences and church assemblies, say participants in the Ecumenical Water Network Forum.
Conflicts over water are a major threat to peace in the world, the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches has told a gathering in Germany.
Humanitarian and advocacy groups are marking the 22 March commemoration of World Water Day with renewed focus on the need for "water justice."
The World Council of Churches has challenged Britain's refusal to recognise access to safe sanitation as a legally-binding human right.
Water shortages in the Middle East could lead to social unrest unless urgent "blue peace" action is taken, says a new report presented in Geneva.
A global body representing 80 million Protestants has asked its members to give support to a campaign for access to water as a basic human right.