World Water Day

This day was first formally proposed in Agenda 21 of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Observance began in 1993 and has grown significantly ever since; for the general public to show support, it is encouraged for the public to not use their taps throughout the whole day, the day has become a popular Facebook trend. The UN and its member nations devote this day to implementing UN recommendations and promoting concrete activities within their countries regarding the world's water resources. Each year, one of various UN agencies involved in water issues takes the lead in promoting and coordinating international activities for World Water Day. Since its inception in 2003, UN-Water has been responsible for selecting the theme, messages and lead UN agency for the World Day for Water. In addition to the UN member states, a number of NGOs promoting clean water and sustainable aquatic habitats have used World Day for Water as a time to focus public attention on the critical water issues of our era. Every three years since 1997, for instance, the World Water Council has drawn thousands to participate in its World Water Forum during the week of World Day for Water. Participating agencies and NGOs have highlighted issues such as a billion people being without access to safe water for drinking and the role of gender in family access to safe water. In 2003, 2006 and 2009, the UN World Water Development Report was launched on the occasion of the World Water Day. The fourth Report is expected to be released around 22 March 2012.

References

^ United Nations General Assembly Resolution 193 session 47 Observance of World Day for Water on 22 December 1992 ^ [1] ^ a b c d UNwater.org ^ No one-size-fits-all solution to world's water woes ^ [2] ^ Clean water and reasonable living conditions for war victims ^ Ensuring water supply for civilians in war zones ^ UNwater.org ^ GuardianWeekly.co.uk ^ UNwater.org ^ a b c d e f WorldWaterDay07.org ^ WorldWaterDay.org ^ United Nations General Assembly Resolution 217 session 58 International Decade for Action, Water for Life, 2005–2015. on 23 December 2003 ^ WorldWaterDay.org ^ WorldWaterDay.org ^ WorldWaterDay.org ^ WorldWaterDay.org ^ WorldWaterDay.org ^ WorldWaterDay.org ^ WorldWaterDay.org ^ WorldWaterDay.org ^ UNESCO.org [edit]External links World Water Day – Official United Nations World Water Day website World Water Day 2008 on Sanitation – Official UN Water World Water Day thematic site Section on Water and Habitat – ICRC web site Earth Institute: World Water Day KnowH2O – Global water education website for students and educators UN-Water PCI - Project Concern International (PCI), World Water Day 2012 page

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