World Water Day
World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. This Day is an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference. Water is an essential building block of life. It is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health; water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development.
A new World Water Development Report is released each year on or near World Water Day, to provide decision-makers with tools to formulate and implement sustainable water policies. This report is coordinated by UNESCO’s World Water Development Programme (WWAP) on behalf of UN-Water. The annual theme for World Water Day is aligned with the focus of the report.
UNESCO also contributes to the observance of World Water Day within the activities of its International Hydrological Programme (IHP), which worlds all year long to build the scientific knowledge base to help countries manage their water resources in a sustainable way.
The United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/47/193 of 22 December 1992 by which 22 March of each year was declared World Day for Water, to be observed starting in 1993, in conformity with the recommendations of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) contained in Chapter 18 (Fresh Water Resources) of Agenda 21. States were invited to devote the Day, as appropriate in the national context, to concrete activities such as the promotion of public awareness through the publication and diffusion of documentaries and the organization of conferences, round tables, seminars and expositions related to the conservation and development of water resources.
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL
“A water crisis is a global crisis. Without sustainable access to water, we will be unable to achieve goals such as quality education or the development of more prosperous, fairer societies. History has demonstrated this. In China and in the Middle East, for example, the major rivers (the Yangtze, Nile and Euphrates) made the first great agrarian and urban civilizations possible.
Given the urgency of the situation, the coming decade needs to be one of action.”
— Audrey Azoulay, Director-General, on the occasion of World Water Day 2020
|Message from the Director-General of UNESCO||Message from the Chair of UN-Water and President of IFAD|
Commemoration in 2020: Water and Climate Change
The 2020 edition of the World Water Development Report (WWDR 2020) entitled ‘Water and Climate Change’ will be launched on World Water Day, 22 March 2020. The report aims at helping the water community to tackle the challenges of climate change and informing the climate change community about the opportunities that improved water management offers in terms of adaptation and mitigation.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, all events are postponed, including the global launch of the Report in Geneva.
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- All Commemorations
- 2018: Nature-based Solutions for Water
- 2017: Wastewater, the Untapped Resource
- 2016: Water and Jobs
- 2015: Water and Sustainable Development
- 2014: Water and Energy
- 2013: Water cooperation
- 2012: Water and Food Security
- 2011: Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge
- 2010: Clean Water for a Healthy World
- 2009: Transboundary Waters
- 2008: Sanitation
- 2007: Coping with Water Scarcity
- 2006: Water and Culture
- 2005: Water for Life
- 2004: Water and Disasters
- 2003: Water for Future
- 2002: Water for Development
- 2001: Water for Health
- 2000: Water for the Twenty-first Century