Posts tagged ‘World Water Day’
Theme: Water for Cities: responding to the urban challenge
The United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March of each year, starting in 1993, as World Water Day. In 2011 World Water Day will focus international attention on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialisation and climate change on water resources and environmental protection capabilities of cities and small towns.
Key issues such as the growing urban water and sanitation demand, increased pollution from municipal and industrial discharges, climate change and its unforeseen risks and challenges, overexploitation of available water resources, better targeting of the urban poor will be discussed. The critical role played by local governments and other service providers in tackling these challenges will be explored.
The official web site (under development) will be: www.unwater.org/worldwaterday
In 2009, the theme for World Water Day (22 March) is “Shared Water – Shared Opportunities”. Special focus will be placed on transboundary waters. Nurturing the opportunities for cooperation in transboundary water management can help build mutual respect, understanding and trust among countries and promote peace, security and sustainable economic growth. The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are the lead agencies for World Water Day 2009.
Campaign materials – desktop wallpapers, mobile content, photo galleries, T-Shirt templates, and banners & buttons – are available on the World Water Day 2009 web site.
Read the UN-Water Thematic Paper: Transboundary Waters – Sharing Beneﬁts, Sharing Responsibilities.