March 22 – World Water Day

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  • The World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of drawing attention to the importance of freshwater and defending the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

    Every year, World Water Day highlights a particular aspect related to water.

    The creation of an international day dedicated to water was recommended during the  1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. The United Nations General Assembly responded to this recommendation by designating March 22, 1993 as the first World Water Day.

    On December 22, 1992, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A / RES / 47/193 by which March 22 of each year was declared World Water Day, to be celebrated as of 1993, in accordance with the recommendations of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development contained in Chapter 18 (Freshwater Resources) of Agenda 21.

    The different States were then invited to dedicate this day, within the framework of the national context, to the celebration of specific activities such as the promotion of public awareness through the production and dissemination of documentaries and the organization of conferences, round tables, seminars and exhibitions related to the conservation and development of water resources as well as the implementation of the recommendations of Agenda 21.

    March 22 is an opportunity to learn more about water-related issues, inspire us to share water-related issues and take action to change the situation. The Day dates back to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development when it was proposed to declare a date dedicated to this matter. The General Assembly decided to designate March 22, 1993 as the first World Day. Each year, UN-Water, the body that coordinates the Organization’s work on water and sanitation, sets a theme for the Day corresponding to a current or future challenge.

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