22 March

March 22

World Water Day
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. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater.

2017 World Water Day
In 2017, the theme is wastewater and the campaign, ‘Why waste water?’, is about reducing and reusing wastewater.

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 6.3
requires us by 2030 to “improve water quality by
reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally.”
Progress towards target 6.3 will also help achieve the SDGs on health and well-being (SDG 3), safe water and sanitation (SDG 6), affordable and clean energy (SDG 7), sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11), life below water (SDG 14), and life on land (SDG 15), among others

World Water Day 2016
Better water, better jobs

Water and sustainable development

World Water Day 2014
Water and Energy

World Water Day 2013
Water Cooperation

World Water Day 2012
Water and Food Security

World Water Day 2011
Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge

World Water Day Themes
2010: Clean Water for a Healthy World
2009: Shared Water - Shared Opportunities
2008: Sanitation
2007: Coping with Water Scarcity
2006: Water and Culture
2005: Water for Life
2004: Water and Disasters
2003: Water for the Future
2002: Water for Development
2001: Water and Health
2000: Water for the 21st Century
1999: Everyone Lives Downstream
1998: Groundwater: the Invisible Resource
1997: The World's Water, Is There Enough?
1996: Water for Thirsty Cities
1995: Women and Water
1994: Caring for Our Water Resources is Everyone's Business

Today, one in two people on the planet live in a city. The world’s cities are growing at an exceptional rate and urbanisation is a continuum. The main reason they are growing is because of natural increase in urban population, but also due to rural-to-urban migration and reclassification of rural areas to urban areas.

93% of the urbanization occurs in poor or developing countries, and nearly 40% of the world’s urban expansion is growing slums. Between 1990-2001 the world’s slums increased at a rate of 18 million people a year, and is projected to increase to 27 million new slum citizens per year between 2005-2020.






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