Celebrating the World Water Day

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World Water Day is marked annually on 22 March as a means of bringing attention to the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. It is a day to celebrate water and to express solidarity with efforts that make a difference to members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. WHO reports that 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. This year's theme ‘why waste water?’ is in support of SDG 6.3 on improving water quality and reducing, treating and reusing wastewater. Globally, the vast majority of all the wastewater from our homes, cities, industries and agriculture flows back to nature without being treated or reused.

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.   

ICIMOD will celebrate World Water Day (22 March) through the following activities:

  • Message from the Director General
  • Newspaper article by Pranita Bhusan Udas
  • Participation in a series of activities organized as part of the Nepal National Water and Weather Week (17-23 March 2017)  coordinated by Small Earth Nepal
    -  Opening Ceremony - Speech by David Molden (March 17)
  • Poster exhibition at the auditorium of the Department of Irrigation in Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, Nepal, on 17 March  
  • Presentation on ‘Upstream-downstream linkages for catchment level Water Use Master Plans (WUMP)’ at the River Basin Research Sharing Colloquium being organized on 21 March 2017 by Santosh Nepal

ICIMOD country office in Pakistan in collaborations with the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) along with its supporting partners (ECO-Science Foundation, ICIMOD, Riphah International University and UNESCO Water Chair) is celebrating World Water Day on March 20, 2017. The event will provide a platform for exchange of experiences and dialogue to develop a way forward to address wastewater management.  The event aims at sensitizing on wastewater management which is an untapped resource, and  to share knowledge for skill enhancement on wastewater management.