World Water Day, held on 22 March every year since 1993, is an annual United Nations Observance focusing on the importance of freshwater. It celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis. A core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.
What is World Water Day 2020 about?
World Water Day 2020 is about water and climate change – and how the two are inextricably linked. The campaign shows how the use of water will help reduce floods, droughts, scarcity and pollution, and will help fight climate change itself.
By adapting to the water effects of climate change, it is possible to protect health and save lives. And, using water more efficiently will enable the reduction of greenhouse gases.
Further information and how to help
- World Water Day 2020 website: https://www.worldwaterday.org
- UN World Water Development Report 2020, from 23 March: https://www.unwater.org/publication_categories/world-water-development-report/
- UN-Water Policy Brief on Climate Change and Water: https://www.unwater.org/publications/un-water-policy-brief-on-climate-change-and-water/