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The United Nations (UN) passed its first ever Resolution on Global Drowning Prevention (A/75/L.76) during the seventy-fifth session of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday 28th April 2021.
The Resolution was brought to the United Nations by Ireland and Bangladesh, and co-sponsored by 79 countries including Australia.
The Resolution has been warmly welcomed by the Royal Life Saving Society – Australia, and can be celebrated by the hundreds of thousands of people who work or volunteer as lifeguards, lifesavers, and swimming instructors in communities across Australia.
The Resolution recognises the seriousness of drowning as a public health issue especially in low- and middle-income countries.
The Resolution is inspirational in setting an agenda for countries, UN agencies including the World Health Organization, UNICEF and non-government organisations like Royal Life Saving to work together to address drowning as an under-recognised public health threat.
You can review the resolution here: https://www.undocs.org/en/A/75/L.76
The resolution is aligned with Royal Life Saving Society Australian Water Safety Strategy 2030 that was launched in Canberra in March 2021.
The 25th July will be World Drowning Prevention Day. Assist with bringing awareness on this day to drowning prevention at your venues. Some ideas might be:
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