World Water Day

World Water Day, celebrated every March 22nd since 1993, is a global initiative supported by the United Nations to highlight the importance of fresh water for our planet and the need to combat its scarcity worldwide.

As the impacts of climate change increase and the world's population grows, the need to join efforts to fight this trend and conserve our most precious resource becomes more and more urgent.

World Water Day, celebrated every March 22nd since 1993, is a global initiative supported by the United Nations to highlight the importance of fresh water for our planet and the need to combat its scarcity worldwide, since nearly 2.2 billion people still lack access to safe drinking water. From Protec Arisawa, we join the celebration of this date to raise awareness about the rational and sustainable use of this unique resource.

As the impacts of climate change increase and the world’s population grows, the need to join efforts to fight this trend and conserve our most precious resource becomes more and more urgent. This is especially critical given that public health and prosperity, food and energy systems, economic productivity and environmental integrity depend on the proper functioning and equitable management of the water cycle.

The purpose of celebrating World Water Day

Before celebrating World Water Day, it is important to reflect on the objectives of dedicating an exclusive date to this basic and irreplaceable resource. UN-Water, the United Nations inter-agency coordination mechanism on water and sanitation, defines this day as an opportunity to «celebrate water and raise awareness about people living without access to safe drinking water». It is also about taking concrete action to address the global water crisis and support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6 by 2030.

The initiative is about mobilizing organizations to participate in a global public day in the run-up to March 22, spreading the word about the cause through strategic communications and activities. Billions of people join this campaign with conversations and debates, with the aim of raising awareness around the world. In addition, on the day itself, the United Nations World Water Development Report, which provides tools for the implementation of water policies, is published.

In a global action, the General Assembly also set a series of targets for 2028. In the context of the current International Decade for Action «Water for Sustainable Development» (2018-2028), signed in 2016, it seeks to strengthen international cooperation to advance water-related goals and targets. One such effort has resulted in the United Nations Water Conference, held March 22-24, 2023, in New York, which marked the first international gathering devoted exclusively to the water issue in nearly 50 years.

Theme for World Water Day 2024

This year, World Water Day focuses on the theme «Water for Peace,» emphasizing the important role of water in promoting harmony and preventing conflict. According to the United Nations, water can be both a source of unity and a point of discord between communities, especially when access to water is unequal or scarce. The organization itself presents an alarming fact: only 24 countries that share rivers, lakes and aquifers with their neighbours have cooperation agreements regarding shared water resources.

With the increasing impacts of climate change, there is a need to promote the union between countries in order to conserve the Earth’s main natural resource. When we cooperate on water, it creates a positive cascading effect throughout society that generates prosperity and builds resilience to challenges, and this international cooperation is the focus of the 2024 World Water Day campaign.

Key messages for World Water Day 2024

Water can create peace or trigger conflict: it can increase tensions between nations with different needs and interests, especially in a region with water scarcity. On the other hand, water can be a catalyst for peace at all levels if an integrated and inclusive approach is adopted.

Prosperity and peace depend on water: bilateral transboundary water cooperation must be at the heart of governments’ plans.

Water can get us out of a crisis: UN water conventions, in addition to local actions, exist to unite countries around the same goal of overcoming crises.

 

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