World Water Day


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Event Title

World Water Day

Date and Location

22 March / Global

Type of Event

Subject Focus Area



Each year, a different United Nations (UN) agency is selected to coordinate events surrounding World Water Day around the world, and a different theme is chosen to reflect the many facets of freshwater resources.

World Water Day (WWD) 2007 will be guided by the theme 'Coping with Water Scarcity' under the leadership of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.



About the Event

The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro.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 implement UN recommendations and 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 and the implementation of the recommendations of Agenda 21.

World Water Day 2010

Every year, 1,500 cubic kilometres of wastewater are produced globally. While waste and wastewater can be reused productively for energy and irrigation, it usually is not. In developing countries 80 percent of all waste is being discharged untreated, because of lack of regulations and resources. And population and industrial growth add new sources of pollution and increased demand for clean water tot the equation. Human and environmental health, drinking and agricultural water supplies for the present and future are at stake, still water pollution rarely warrants mention as a pressing issue.

To do something about that UN-Water has chosen Communicating Water Quality Challenges and Opportunities as theme for World Water Day 2010. The overall goal of the World Water Day on 22 March 2010 campaign is to raise the profile of water quality at the political level so that water quality considerations are made alongside those of water quantity.

UNEP has responsibility for taking the lead in 2010, UN-Water announced at a session during the Stockholm World Water Week in August 2009.

Past World Water Day Events

The theme of previous World Water Days were as follows:

  • 2008 - Sanitation, supporting the International Year of Sanitation 2008
  • 2006 - Water and Culture
  • 2004 - Water and Disasters
  • 2003 - Water for the Future
  • 2002 - Water for Development
  • 2001 - Water for Health
  • 2000 - Water for the Twenty-First Century


See also

World Water Day 2007 - Water Scarcity

World Water Day 2009:Shared Waters - Shared Opportunities

External Resources

The World Water Day 2006 Website

UNDP website on water

International year of Freshwater 2003

International Decade for Action “Water for Life” 2005 - 2015


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