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Happy World Water Day!

Today (22 March 2013), we celebrate the World Water Day, part of the wider UN International Year 2013 celebrations. This year will be devoted to the theme "Water Cooperation". Water cooperation has multiple dimensions including cultural, educational, scientific, religious, ethical, social, political, legal, institutional and economic aspects. A multidisciplinary approach is essential to grasp the many facets implied in the concept and to blend such parts into a holistic vision.

International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater.

The objective of the 2013 International Year of Water Cooperation is to raise awareness, both on the potential for increased cooperation, and on the challenges facing water management in light of the increase in demand for water access, allocation and services.

The Year will highlight the history of successful water cooperation initiatives, as well as identify burning issues on water education, water diplomacy, transboundary water management, financing cooperation, national/international legal frameworks, and the linkages with the Millennium Development Goals.

It also will provide an opportunity to capitalise on the momentum created at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), and to support the formulation of new objectives that will contribute towards developing water resources that are truly sustainable.


More information

Visit the 2013 World Water Day website

Download the Official Water Cooperation 2013 Brochure



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