A Long-Standing Tradition
Since 1993, the United Nations has used World Water Day to highlight its water conservation and management work and focus the world’s attention on water issues. This year, the day is being marked on March 22.
Every year, UN-Water (the United Nations water agency), chooses a specific idea to help draw attention to some aspect of the agency’s efforts. Previous themes include Water for Thirsty Cities (1996), Water and Disasters (2004) and Water and Sustainable Development (2015).
Recognizing the important role that water will play in the coming decades as people adapt to changes caused by the effects of global warming, UN-Water has chosen Water and Climate Change as this year’s theme.
World Water Day and climate change quick facts:
- The UN has developed 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Goal 6 deals specifically with water. It seeks to, “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.”
- Every year in conjunction with World Water Day, the UN releases its World Water Development Report. This document is a comprehensive assessment of the planet’s freshwater resources. It identifies current problems, predicts how and where new issues will develop and offers courses of action to help governments and other decision-makers protect water resources.
- In 2013, the UN started recognizing World Toilet Day to publicize wastewater and sanitation issues. It falls on November 19.
- More than 25 million people are displaced each year by natural disasters. About 90% of natural disasters are water-related.
- According to the Global Water Institute, as many as 700 million people could be displaced by water scarcity by 2030.
- The UN estimates annual economic losses from weather-related disasters at between US$250 billion and $300 billion.
Learn, Share, Act
World Water Day and the World Water Development Report can be powerful tools for government agencies, non-profit organizations and other groups trying to drive forward water conservation goals. However, the UN has made it very easy for individuals to get involved. The simple but comprehensive World Water Day website is built around three ideas: learn, share and act.
The LuminUltra Commitment
At LuminUltra, it’s our job to help our clients safeguard the water systems they are responsible for by providing them with industry-leading technology and thoughtful technical support. Events like World Water Day highlight the universal need for clean water. We like to think that our products and know-how are helping satisfy this need.