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World Water Day

Taking place on 22nd March every year.

Focusing on the importance of freshwater and the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

Updated 1 year ago

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 focus for World Water Day 2020 is water and climate change, exploring how the two are inextricably linked. The key messages for this day in 2020 are:

  • We cannot afford to wait. Climate policy makers must put water at the heart of action plans.
  • Water can help fight climate change. There are sustainable, affordable and scale-able water and sanitation solutions.
  • Everyone has a role to play. In our daily lives, there are surprisingly easy steps we can all take to address climate change.

Further information on the UN World Water Day web pages. Some great watery pictures from around the world on the Boston Global Big Picture website: National Geographic photos and World Water Day 2012. The United Nations Association – UK (UNA-UK) has a page with background information and teaching activities for World Water Day. 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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United Nations