Celebrating World Water Day
22 March 2021
History of the day
This day was first formally proposed in Agenda 21 of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. In December 1992, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/47/193 by which 22 March of each year was declared World Day for Water.
The first World Water Day, designated by the United Nations, was in 1993.
The day is used to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The theme of each day focuses on topics relevant to clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH or Watsan −is an acronym that stands for "water, sanitation and hygiene"), which is in line with the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.
World Water Day raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis.
UN-Water is the convener for World Water Day and selects the theme for each year in consultation with UN organizations that share an interest in that year's focus.
2021 – Valuing Water
The theme for 2021 is "Valuing Water" and the public campaign invite people to join a global conversation on social media to "tell us your stories, thoughts and feelings about water".
On social media using the hashtag #Water2me. The campaign looked beyond the issue of pricing, asking the public: "How is water important to your home and family life, your livelihood, your cultural practices, your wellbeing, your local environment?"
The intention on this day is to inspire people around the world to learn more about water-related issues and to take action to make a difference.
Every year, World Water Day campaign messages and publications reach millions of people through social media, dedicated websites and other channels.
Just to mention some topics of the last years:
2020 – Water and Climate Change
2019 – Leaving No One Behind
2018 – Nature for Water
2017 – Why Waste Water?
2016 – Better Water, Better Jobs
2015 – Water and Sustainable Development
2014 – Water and Energy
What happens on this day?
The UN World Water Development Report (WWDR) is released each year on World Water Day. Information related to the annual theme gives decision-makers tools to implement sustainable use of water resources.
World Water Day is celebrated around the world with a variety of events. These can be theatrical, musical or lobbying in nature. The day can also include campaigns to raise money for water projects.
Activities have included releasing publications and films, as well as organizing round tables, seminars and expositions.
UNICEF, WaterAid and Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), use the day to raise public awareness, get media attention for water issues and inspire action.
By recording - and celebrating - all the different ways water benefits our lives, we can value water properly and safeguard it effectively for everyone.
“The value of water is about much more than its price – water has enormous and complex value for our households, food, culture, health, education, economics and the integrity of our natural environment. If we overlook any of these values, we risk mismanaging this finite, irreplaceable resource,” the UN website says.
Support catalysing conversations about water, by using these social media assets and engaging in digital discussions through #Water2me and #WorldWaterDay.
The celebration will be also webcasted here.