Why We Celebrate World Water Day? By: Nayeem Adnan Zaki


World Water Day is an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water-related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference. World Water Day dates back to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development where an international observance for water was recommended. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating March 22, 1993, as the first World Water Day. It has been held annually since then.

But why is it so important to take a day to recognize water? What does it really mean to celebrate World Water Day?

To better understand these questions, we first have to better understand water and the vital role it plays in our daily lives. Now, it’s one thing to say, “of course we know how crucial water is in our lives, we need to drink it to stay alive,” but to do so it is to potentially overlook all the ways that water has a role in nearly everything we usually do.

In 2016, the UN declared the official theme for World Water Day to be “Water and Jobs.” The reason they did so was to underscore the fact that almost half of the world’s workers- 1.5 billion people work in water-related sectors and to highlight how access to safe and clean water can lead to a stronger economy and increase sustainable development.

In this sense, “celebrating” World Water Day is really about taking the time to appreciate the role water plays in our day-to-day, beyond simply quenching our thirst. You might actually be surprised by how much water you use in a given day.

It is estimated that in highly developed countries, the average person uses between 100 and 250 liters of clean and safe water per day for things like drinking, cooking, flushing toilets, doing laundry, bathing, cleaning and watering the garden and more. That’s more than 10 times as much water being used per day than in some underdeveloped countries and that’s before factoring in agricultural and industrial usage.

While we may be conscious of our water consumption and in turn to make responsible choices to help conserve water like turning the faucet off while we brush our teeth, taking shorter showers and investing in water efficient appliances. We rarely take the time to truly appreciate how much water factors into so many elements of our day-to-day lives.

World Water Day is a great time to be conscious of how much water we use every day and recognize how fortunate we are to have it at our disposal. And, in turn, be conscious of how access to clean and safe water positively affects our lives, our economies, and our societies.

Because for one in every nine people around the world, basic water usage simply doesn’t factor into their day-to-day activities and their limited to non-existent access to safe and clean water affects their lives negatively, limiting economic opportunities and greatly increasing health risks.

So as you mark World Water Day every year, you can do so by recognizing the vital and largely underappreciated role water has in our lives, and reflect on how important it is that we continue to work to ensure that someday everyone is able to take advantage of this important resource in the same ways we enjoy today.

Annual Themes

2019- Leave no one behind

The theme of 2019 is about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind. Marginalized groups- women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people are often overlooked and may face discrimination. As they try to access safe water. UN water demands that “ water services must meet the needs of marginalized groups and their voices must be heard in decision-making processes.

Water for all

“Whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human rights.’’


What is World Water Day?
Sustainable Development goal 6 is crystal clear water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behind. But today, billions of people are still living without safe water- their households, schools, workplaces, farms, and factories struggling to survive and thrive.

Marginalized groups women’s, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others are often overlooked as they try to access and manage the safe they need.

This World Water Day, 22nd March is about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind.


Get familiar with the issues- why are people being left behind without safe water and what can be done to reach them? Explore this year’s theme and browse our collection of stories to find out more.


Engage your friends and contacts and contacts with information and stories about the reality of the water crisis and how it affects every aspect of society. Use our resources to start a conversation and inspire action.


Gather people together to share ideas and make them grow. Hold or attend an event to make personal connections that could help people living without safe water.


22 March:

Water is an essential building block of life. It is more than essential to quench thirst or protect health; water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social and human development.

Today there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water.


World water day on 22 March every year is about focusing attention on the importance of water. This year theme, “ Leaving no one behind’’, adapts the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, that as sustainable development progresses, everyone must do well.



Women and children spend 200 million hours every day to collect water. This is the time that could be spent working, caring for family or attending the school. Less time getting water means more time for life.

We empower people with safe water and sanitation through access to small, affordable loan and its working. Because of this solution, more than 100 million people can now turn on a tap or use a toilet in their home. Donate today so together we can empower more with access to safe water.

World water day tries to remind people about the significance of fresh water and to promote sustainability for freshwater resources management. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future. Each year world water day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater.


When the 2030 Agenda was adopted in 2015 by the UN, all countries and stakeholders set out an ambitious agenda envisaging a world free of poverty, hunger, and disease. A world where all life can thrive and where no one is left behind.

Water for all implies that also elderly disable, marginalized and poor people get access to clean drinking water and proper sanitation.

Many events around the world

World Water Day was officially assigned to 22 March in 1993 by the United Nations General Assembly.

The event includes official and milestone events as well as many other events organized by various stakeholders around the world.

Among all activities, will be the publication of the United Nations World Water Development Report on the topic of the campaign.

Last year’s theme was the answer is in nature. World Water Day in 2020 will be about Climate change.


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