What is World Water Day?
- Annual day held on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
- An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.
- Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. The 2017 theme of World Water Day is “Wastewater” and 2018 will be “Nature-based Solutions for Water”.
2017 Theme: Wastewater
This year’s theme will explore how to reduce and recycle wastewater. Globally, the vast majority of all the wastewater from our homes, cities, industry and agriculture flows back to nature without being treated or reused – polluting drinking and bathing and irrigation and losing valuable nutrients and other recoverable materials.
Visit worldwaterday.org to learn about the issue and how you can make a difference.
The event will be broadcast online via Water.org, the World Economic Forum, and the United Nations; other organizations will also stream it on their Facebook pages.