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World Water Day

March 22, 2016 @ 08:00 - 17:00

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Image: UN Photo/John Isaac

Water is the essential building block of life. But it is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health; water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development.

Today, half of the world’s workers – 1.5 billion people – work in water-related sectors. Moreover, nearly all jobs, regardless of the sector, depend directly on water. Yet, despite the indelible link between jobs and water, millions of people whose livelihoods depend on water are often not recognized or protected by basic labour rights.

The United Nations’ (UN) World Water Day is held on March 22 each year. Events are organized on or around this day to increase people’s awareness of water’s importance in environment, agriculture, health and trade. World Water Day aims to increase people’s awareness on water’s importance in life.

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Many events are held worldwide during World Water Day:

  • Visual art, theatrical and musical celebrations of water.
  • Symposia for local, national and international leaders on water management and security.
  • Educational events on the importance of clean water and protecting water resources.
  • Campaigns and events to raise money for access to clean and affordable water.
  • Excursions to local rivers, lakes and reservoirs.
  • Special broadcasts on television and radio and the Internet.
  • Walks, runs and swimming other sports competitions.

2016 Theme: Water means jobs

This year’s World Water Day theme focuses on the central role that water plays in creating and supporting good quality jobs.

Join the global celebrations by organizing your own event. Read more in the UN World Water Development Report, which is released on 22 March.

Join the 2016 campaign to get informed, engaged and take action. You can also contribute on social media by using the hashtags #WaterIsWork and #WorldWaterDay.



March 22, 2016
08:00 - 17:00
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