What is the day about?
World Water Day, on 22 March every year, draws the world's attention to the importance of water. Damaged ecosystems affect the quantity and quality of water available for human consumption. Today, 2.1 billion people live without safe drinking water at home; affecting their health, education and livelihoods. Sustainable Development Goal 6 commits the world to ensuring that everyone has access to safe water by 2030, and includes targets on protecting the natural environment and reducing pollution. World Water Day 2018 will also mark the launch of the Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development (2018-2028).
What is this year's theme?
The theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. Nature-based solutions have the potential to solve many of our water challenges. We need to harmonize ‘green’ infrastructure with ‘grey’ infrastructure wherever possible. Planting new forests, reconnecting rivers to floodplains, and restoring wetlands will re-balance the water cycle and improve human health and livelihoods.
How can you get involved?
Water is an ubiquitous part of our lives. World Water Day is an occasion to dive into great stories about nature and water. If you are the creative type, there is a collage competition that has your name on it. The UN Chronicle's March edition "The Quest for Water" explores how we can ensure the availability and sustainable management of water for all and the High Level Panel on Water issued its report "Making Every Drop Count". However you choose to spend the day, either in nature or at home learning more about it, help spread the message about the importance of clean water for sustainable development using #EveryDrop! You can also share your ideas in a dedicated discussion on the UNAI Member Forum.