Today, Monday, March 22, is World Water Day 2021. The World Water Day, held on March 22 every year since 1993, focuses on the importance of freshwater.
The Day is set aside to celebrate water and to raise awareness of the over 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis.
Today, water is under extreme threat from a growing population, increasing demands of agriculture and industry, and the worsening impacts of climate change. According to United Nations statistics, by 2040, water demand is expected to increase by more than 50%.
The theme of the celebration this year is “Valuing Water”. This year´s theme of the World Water Day is about what water means to people, it’s true value and how we can better protect this vital resource.
The value of water cannot be over-emphasised. We drink water, we bath with it, we wash our clothes and dishes with it, it is used for cooking and it is also used as a means of transportation.
According to the United Nations, “water has enormous and complex value for our households, food, culture, health, education, economics and the integrity of our natural environment. If we overlook any of these values, we are at risk of mismanaging this very precious resource”.
According to the United Nations, a core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.
As part of the celebration every year, the United Nations World Water Development Report is released, focusing on the same topic as the campaign and recommending policy direction to decision makers.
The celebration of the Water Day has it’s origins way back to1992, the year in which the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro took place. That same year, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution by which 22 March of each year was declared World Day for Water, to be observed starting in 1993.