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World Water Day

22 March

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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day 22 of March, repeating indefinitely

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22 March every year: Focusing on the importance of freshwater and the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

This day, declared by the UN General Assembly, aims to promote awareness of the extent to which water resource development contributes to economic productivity and social well being.

The theme for World Water Day 2016 was Water and Jobs.

From the UN World Water Day website: “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. Yet the millions of people who work in water are often not recognized or protected by basic labour rights. The theme in 2016 — water and jobs — is focusing on how enough quantity and quality of water can change workers’ lives and livelihoods – and even transform societies and economies.”

Take a look at the World Water Day 2016 trailer to introduce this topic in class, and find additional resources on the World Water Day website – Learn section.

Some great watery pictures from around the world on the Boston Global Big Picture website: World Water Day 2010 and World Water Day 2012.

If you would like some more ideas to help your school mark World Water Day have a read through our article on Water, which provides an introduction to some of the issues. Our article Toilets: We all need to go also covers sanitation issues. Find teaching resources by browsing through those listed on our database under the topic of ‘water’.


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