A day to celebrate, a day to change, a day to prepare. World Water Day is marked on 22 March every year. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future. In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day. 22 years later, World Water Day is celebrated around the world shining the spotlight on a different issue every year.
In 2015, the theme for World Water Day is 'Water and Sustainable Development'. It’s about how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want. Each year, UN-Water provides resources to inspire celebrations for World Water Day.
Water is at the core of sustainable development. Water resources, and the range of services they provide, underpin poverty reduction, economic growth and environmental sustainability. From food and energy security to human and environmental health, water contributes to improvements in social well-being and inclusive growth, affecting the livelihoods of billions.
- Water is health: clean hands can save your life.
- Water is nature: ecosystems lie at the heart of the global water cycle.
- Water is urbanization: every week, one million people move into cities.
- Water is industry: more water is used to manufacture a car than to fill a swimming pool.
- Water is energy: water and energy are inseparable friends.
- Water is food: to produce two steaks you need 15, 000 liters of water.
- Water is equality: every day women spend 200 million hours carrying water.
Use the hashtag #WaterIs on your social networks to share messages about #Water & #Sustainability. Also, you can participate in the World Water Day 2015 events or you can add your own world water day events to the list.