World Water Day 2017

World Water Day 2017

Water is the essential building block of life, but it is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health. Water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development. In fact, today half of the world’s workers – 1.5 billion people – work in water-related sectors. Moreover, nearly all jobs, regardless of the sector, depend directly on water. Despite the indelible link between jobs and water, millions of people whose livelihoods depend on water are often not recognized or protected by basic labor rights. 

The “World Water Day” was stablished with the scope of becoming an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water related issues. It also was inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference. Held annually on March 22nd, the International World Water Day is a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater, and advocates for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.  This International day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating March 22, 1993 as the first World Water Day.

Each year, UN-Water — the entity that coordinates the UN’s work on water and sanitation — sets a theme for World Water Day corresponding to a current or future challenge. This year’s theme is about “Wastewater” and in 2018 will be about “Nature-based Solutions for Water”.

The engagement campaign is coordinated by one or several of the UN-Water Members with a related mandate. In this context, 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 production and dissemination 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.