WORLD WATER DAY: MARCH 22, 2014

WORLD WATER DAY

Quick Facts

World Water Day aims to increase people’s awareness of the water’s importance in all aspects of life.

Local names

Name Language
World Water Day English
Día Mundial del Agua Spanish
יום המים הבינלאומי Hebrew
يوم الماء العالمي Arabic
세계 물의 날 Korean
Weltwassertag German

World Water Day 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014

World Water Day 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The United Nations’ (UN) World Water Day is held on March 22 each year. Events are organized on or around this day to increase people’s awareness of water’s importance in environment, agriculture, health and trade.

World Water Day aims to increase people’s awareness on water’s importance in life.©iStockphoto.com/DeepAqua

What do people do?

Many events are held worldwide during World Water Day. These include:

  • Visual art, theatrical and musical celebrations of water.
  • Symposia for local, national and international leaders on water management and security.
  • Educational events on the importance of clean water and protecting water resources.
  • Campaigns and events to raise money for access to clean and affordable water.
  • Excursions to local rivers, lakes and reservoirs.
  • Special broadcasts on television and radio and the Internet.
  • Walks, runs and swimming other sports competitions.

Some events are held on actual World Water Day date, while others are held on convenient dates close to March 22.

Public life

World Water Day is not a public holiday in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Background

Agenda 21 is a worldwide action plan for areas where human activities may affect the environment. It was adopted at the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 1992. Agenda 21 recommended various measures, including creating World Water Day.

The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on December 22, 1992, declaring March 22 to be the World Day for Water each year. Countries were encouraged to develop activities to highlight local needs for water. The first World Day for Water was observed in 1993.

The Water for Life Decade was launched on World Water Day in 2005. This decade will run from 2005 to 2015 and give a high profile to women’s participation and the UN’s water-related programs.

Symbols

World Water Day’s main symbol is the shape of a water drop in the UN’s color blue. Photographs of water being used or in rivers, reservoirs, lakes or seas are widely displayed on this occasion.

World Water Day Observances

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Mon Mar 22 1993 World Water Day United Nations observance
Tue Mar 22 1994 World Water Day United Nations observance
Wed Mar 22 1995 World Water Day United Nations observance
Fri Mar 22 1996 World Water Day United Nations observance
Sat Mar 22 1997 World Water Day United Nations observance
Sun Mar 22 1998 World Water Day United Nations observance
Mon Mar 22 1999 World Water Day United Nations observance
Wed Mar 22 2000 World Water Day United Nations observance
Thu Mar 22 2001 World Water Day United Nations observance
Fri Mar 22 2002 World Water Day United Nations observance
Sat Mar 22 2003 World Water Day United Nations observance
Mon Mar 22 2004 World Water Day United Nations observance
Tue Mar 22 2005 World Water Day United Nations observance
Wed Mar 22 2006 World Water Day United Nations observance
Thu Mar 22 2007 World Water Day United Nations observance
Sat Mar 22 2008 World Water Day United Nations observance
Sun Mar 22 2009 World Water Day United Nations observance
Mon Mar 22 2010 World Water Day United Nations observance
Tue Mar 22 2011 World Water Day United Nations observance
Thu Mar 22 2012 World Water Day United Nations observance
Fri Mar 22 2013 World Water Day United Nations observance
Sat Mar 22 2014 World Water Day United Nations observance
Sun Mar 22 2015 World Water Day United Nations observance
Tue Mar 22 2016 World Water Day United Nations observance
Wed Mar 22 2017 World Water Day United Nations observance
Thu Mar 22 2018 World Water Day United Nations observance
Fri Mar 22 2019 World Water Day United Nations observance
Sun Mar 22 2020 World Water Day United Nations observance

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