Clean Water Here - Global Photography Exhibit
UNESCO is one of the Lead Agencies for the UN-Water official campaign for World Water Day 2018. In this framework, the Division of Water Sciences is hosting a Photo Exhibition in support of World Water Day 2018 and the launch of the new United Nations International Decade for Action for Water for Sustainable Development (2018-2028) to commence on World Water Day, 22 March 2018. The photo exhibition promotes the idea that access to safe drinking water and sanitation are human rights – central to all people everywhere.
Today more than two billion people live without safe water and twice as many without safely managed sanitation, according to UNICEF. Art is a powerful form of dialogue intended to make us feel, understand, think, discuss and change. As a contribution to World Water Day 2018, the Clean Water Here Exhibition includes twelve photographs, showing how people relate to water and sanitation. The exhibition has been curated by 1x, the largest online photo gallery, following an open call for photographers around the world to send their best photos on Sustainable Development Goal 6 “Ensure availability and sustainable management of safe water and sanitation for all.” Hundreds of photos were received for the exhibition, among which twelve were selected by jurors including world-renowned photographers Martin Schoeller, Kristen Ashburn and Robert Clark. The Exhibition was displayed at the United Nations Visitors Center in New York on World Water Day, 22 March, and on the occasion of the launching of the new International Decade on Action for Water for Sustainable Development before being sent to the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
The World Water Day 2018 was celebrated under the theme “Nature for Water” throughout the world on 22 March.
The UN-Water official celebration of World Water Day 2018 took place on 22 March during the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia. On behalf of UN-Water, UNESCO together with the Convention of Biological Diversity and UN Environment and in collaboration with the World Water Council, organized a Special Session “Nature for Water” with the participation of ministers, high-level representatives of governments and international organizations, and other stakeholders such as the youth and indigenous communities.