World Water Day
Water means different things to different people.
This conversation is about what water means to you.
How is water important to your home and family life, your livelihood, your cultural practices, your wellbeing, your local environment?
In households, schools and workplaces, water can mean health, hygiene, dignity and productivity.
In cultural, religious and spiritual places, water can mean a connection with creation, community and oneself.
In natural spaces, water can mean peace, harmony and preservation.
Today, water is under extreme threat from a growing population, increasing demands of agriculture and industry, and the worsening impacts of climate change.
Tell us your stories, thoughts and feelings about water.
By recording – and celebrating – all the different ways water benefits our lives, we can value water properly and safeguard it effectively for everyone.
Join the conversation about what water means to you.
When is World Water Day?
World Water Day is 22 March. The first one was in 1993.
What is World Water Day?
World Water Day is an annual United Nations
Observance focusing on the importance of
freshwater, coordinated by UN-Water and led by one
or more UN-Water Members and Partners with a
What is the aim of World Water Day?
World Water Day celebrates water and raises
awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without
access to safe water. It is about taking action
to tackle the global water crisis. A core focus of
World Water Day is to support the achievement of
Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and
sanitation for all by 2030.
What is the theme of World Water Day 2021?
UN-Water sets the annual theme. In 2021, the theme
is valuing water. In 2022, it will be groundwater.
Previous themes can be found here:
What happens on World Water Day?
In the lead-up to 22 March, people and organizations
host World Water Day events and participate in the
global public campaign, launched in the preceding
months by UN-Water on www.worldwaterday.org
and social media.
On the day itself, the UN World Water Development
Report is released, focusing on the same topic as
the campaign and recommending policy direction to