The U.N. General Assembly has approved a $1.9 billion package of projects to help countries combat water scarcity and curb global warming, including the first U.K.-based initiative to buy and conserve water.
The Assembly on Monday approved a resolution to invest $1bn in water-management and conservation projects to fight water scarcity.
Environment Program, or UNEP, has already launched a campaign aimed at raising awareness about the threat of water shortages.
The project aims to buy, plant, harvest and conserve 30 million hectares of land to reduce the number of people who rely on water in areas of water scarcity, UNEP said in a statement.
“This will help to make water more accessible to millions of people and to help us save billions of litres of water every year,” UNEP Secretary-General Paulo Pinheiro told the assembly.
The UNEP statement added that the projects are part of the Sustainable Development Goals, which are designed to help developing countries meet their greenhouse gas emission targets.
The resolution passed on a voice vote.
It does not require a two-thirds majority.
The United States, one of the world’s largest polluters, has been the biggest donor to UNEP’s water-revenue programs.
The measure is expected to benefit about 1.4 billion people in developing countries by 2020.
It is also expected to help curb climate change by increasing rainfall in dry countries and boosting agricultural yields.