Date: Monday, 22 March 2021; 29th Anniversary.
Sponsor: United Nations
Objective: The intention of World Water Day is to inspire people around the world to learn more about water-related issues and take action to make sustainable management of freshwater resources.
Inception: The first World Water Day was held on 22 March 1993.
The idea for this international day was first formally proposed in Chapter 18 (Fresh Water Resources) of Agenda 21 of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. In the last month of the same year – December 1992, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution A/RES/47/193 by which 22 March of each year was officially declared World Water Day.
How to celebrate the Day
Learn, share, and actions!
Since 1993, many organizations and communities host a range of educational and promotional events on World Water Day of each year, including seminars, lectures, conferences, and social media campaigns, to raise and spread awareness of water-related issues. The day can also include campaigns to raise money for projects related to the conservation and development of water resources.
Each year a specific theme relevant to water is proposed by the United Nations to raise awareness and promote innovative actions. The theme of each year focuses mainly on topics relevant to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, which is in line with the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 6.
Annual theme in recent years:
2021 theme: “Valuing Water”
2020 theme: “Water and Climate Change”
2019 theme: “Leaving No One Behind”
2018 theme: “Nature for Water”
2017 theme: “Why Waste Water”
2016 theme: “Better Water, Better Jobs”
2015 theme: “Water and Sustainable Development”
2014 theme: “Water and Energy”