22 March 2009: ICIMOD celebrated World Water Day


ICIMOD celebrated World Water Day 2009 on 22 March 2009. This year the slogan was ’Shared Water - Shared Opportunities’ and ICIMOD focused on transboundary waters, highlighting the importance of freshwater and advocating for sustainable management of freshwater resources. ICIMOD’s Director General Dr. Andreas Schild sent out a message  emphasising the importance of cooperation in transboundary water management, and it that can help to build mutual respect, understanding, and trust among countries and people, and promote peace, security, and sustainable economic growth. The message is available here.
The World Water Week Organising Committee (Nepal), with representatives from the Government of Nepal, Nepal National Commission for IHP, UNESCO, UN HABITAT, NTNC, WWF-Nepal, ICIMOD and more than 50 water and climate organisations including 18 youth organisations, prepared a weeklong series of events from 18-23 March 2009 on a nationwide scale. The events raised awareness and sensitised policy makers, development planners, bureaucrats, environmentalists, researchers, advocacy groups, students, and citizens on the proper management of water – a scarce resource. ICIMOD participated in the exhibition from 20 -21 March 2009, displaying various publications on water and climate change. The material brought out for the celebration of World Water Day is available here. The week culminated with the issuing of the Kathmandu Water Declaration 2009, which was adopted as the key outcome of the National Water Week 2009. The Declaration has been widely disseminated and is available for download here.

Kathmandu Water Declaration - 2009