World Water Day – March 22, 2021
Do you know, around 2.2 billion people in the world are living without access to safe drinking water? Or that 207 million people spend over 30 minutes per round trip to collect water from an improved source? Water is a precious resource! This requires the need to raise awareness towards it’s judicious use.
“World Water Day” is a day to celebrate the water and raise awareness. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis. A core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.
The theme for this year is “Valuing Water”.
With growing global population and economic developments, agriculture and industries are getting thirstier and water-intensive energy generation is rising to meet the demand. The problem is aggravated by climate change, which is making water more-erratic and contributing towards water pollution.
As societies balance the demands on water resources, many people’s interests are not being taken into account.
Hence, this year’s campaign is to generate a global, public conversation on social media about how people value water for all its uses. The aim is to create a more comprehensive understanding of how water is valued by different people in different contexts so we can safeguard this precious resource for everyone.
The central narrative of the campaign is designed to encourage people to contribute their stories, thoughts and experiences on the value of water.
You can contribute towards this year’s campaign by sharing your story of what water means to you using the hashtag #Water2Me on social media. Selected comments and opinions would also be available on the World Water Day website: www.worldwaterday.org
Find out more at:
- World Water Day 2021 website: www.worldwaterday.org
- UN Water and Sanitation Website: www.unwater.org
- UN World Water Development Report 2021: www.unwater.org/publication_categories/world-water-development-report
- UN-Water Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 Data Portal: www.sdg6data.org