International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

The United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.

Water is the source of life; it must be protected and sustainably managed. World Water Day celebrates that fact and enshrines it on 22 March of every year. That was the date in 1993 the United Nations General Assembly designated as the first World Day for Water. Themes of the initiative change yearly, but always focus on a specific aspect of freshwater.

The 2013 World Water Day will be dedicated to water cooperation. Therefore, UN-Water has called upon UNESCO to lead the 2013 United Nations International Year on Water Cooperation, in particular because of the Organization’s unique multidisciplinary approach which blends the natural and social sciences, education, culture and communication. Given the intrinsic nature of water as a transversal and universal element, the United Nations International Year on Water Cooperation naturally would embrace and touch upon all these aspects.

WSSCC with partners will arrange a special worldwide activity for World Water Day 2013, the World Walks for Water. See how you can join in!

Day events are organized to raise awareness of freshwater issues, the spirit of World Water Day continues all year long. You can become an advocate as well: visit the web site of World Water Day for campaign materials, communication tools, photo galleries, and to get involved!

Last updated: Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:29