By Laura Boero
Subedited by Jasmine Wing
International World Water Day is held annually on 22nd March dedicated to the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources and to inspire people around the world to take action to make the difference.
World Water Day is coordinated by UN-Water – the UN’s inter-agency collaboration mechanism for all freshwater related issues – in collaboration with governments and partners.
An international day to celebrate freshwater was first recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. The United Nations General Assembly responded to this by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day!
This year’s theme is ‘Nature of Water’ explores the solutions to the water challenges we are facing in the 21st century.
Environmental damage, as well as climate change, is one of the main causes that is driving water-related crises, such as floods, drought and water pollution. Not only are they dangerous for our environment, but they are also making harder and harder for people to have clean water, essential for the survival.
It is estimated that 1.8 billion people drink contaminated water, which can cause cholera, polio and dysentery.
The United Nations, in collaborations with governments are promoting nature-based solutions to these issues. They will be planting new forests, restoring wetlands and reconnecting rivers to floodplains in a hope of rebalancing the water cycle.
UN stated “When we neglect our ecosystems, we make it harder to provide everyone with the water we need to survive and thrive.”
For more info on World Water Day click here.