World Water Day 2007 - Water Scarcity


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Event Title

World Water Day 2007

Date and Location

March 22nd

Subject Focus Areas/Organiser(s)

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.

Freshwater is an essential resource for humans and other forms of life. It is an integral part of all ecosystems. It is also at the heart of socio-economic development. The transboundary basins and aquifers link populations of different countries and support the incomes and livelihood of hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Wetlands such as lakes and floodplains which are also often shared by neighbouring countries provide invaluable ecosystem services to humans such as provision of food and water, reduction of flood impacts and pollution. They also have important spiritual values and are valuable for recreation and tourism. Yet the health of these ecosystems and their services is in more rapid decline than that of others. To govern and manage transboundary river basins in an integrated way, ensuring sustainable use of the water resource while respecting ecosystem integrity, is therefore of immense importance. It is a prerequisite for sustainable development.


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About the Event

Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. 'Coping with Water Scarcity' is the theme for World Water Day 2007, which is celebrated each year on 22 March. FAO will be the coordinating agency within the UN system for the theme. The theme highlights the significance of cooperation and importance of an integrated approach to water resource management of water at both international and local levels. Equity and rights, cultural and ethical issues are essential to be addressed when dealing with limited water resources. Imbalances between availability and demand, the degradation of groundwater and surface water quality, intersectoral competition, interregional and international disputes, all center around the question of how to cope with scarce water resources. The theme was decided among all members of UN Water at the World Water Week in Stockholm in August 2006. However, the Secretariat for UN Water based at UNDESA in New York is serving as the first point of contact within the UN system to deliver a coordinated response.

Click Here to hear Joakim Harlin speaking about the event and other water issues.

History of the Event

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 and the implementation of the recommendations of Agenda 21. The overarching goal is to raise awareness of the world water crisis and of the MDG7 aim to reduce by half the percentage of people who lack access to safe (clean) drinking water and basic sanitation.


See also

World Water Day

World Water Day 2009:Shared Waters - Shared Opportunities

External Resources

World Water Day:Coping with Water Scarcity

World Water Day 2008

The World Water Day 2007 website

The World Water Day 2006 Website

UNDP website on water

International year of Freshwater 2003

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

World Water Day website

UNDP-GEF International Waters Portfolio

Global Environment Facility – International Waters

Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database

International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network (IW:LEARN)

Global International Waters Assessment (GIWA)

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