World Water Day is marked on 22 March every year. It's a day to celebrate water. It's a day to make a difference for members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It's a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future. In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day. Water Day is celebrated around the world every year, shining a spotlight on different issues.
Water is the foundation for all aspects of human and societal progress. While we need to ensure access to safe water for 1.8 billion people who do not have it today, we must also manage the global rise in demand for water from growing economies by increasing water productivity, and find incentives for using it more effectively.
Water is at the core of sustainable development. Water resources, and the range of services they provide, underpin poverty reduction, economic growth and environmental sustainability. From food and energy security to human and environmental health, water contributes to improvements in social well-being and inclusive growth, affecting the livelihoods of billions.
Water and jobs are closely interlinked and interdependent. Today, almost half of the world's workers - 1.5 billion people - work in water related sectors and nearly all jobs depend on water and those that ensure its safe delivery. Floating agricultural techniques, fisheries, hydro power generation, boating in lakes and rivers, and water mills in the mountains, to name a few, are the sources of jobs created by water. Water gives jobs water gives life.
The theme for this year’s World Water Day is Water & Jobs