Happy World Water Day 2015!
It is 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. This issue is also the theme of the annual UN World Water Development Report which is launched on World Water Day.
In 2015, the theme for World Water Day is Water and Sustainable Development.
Water is at the core of sustainable development. Water resources, and the range of services they provide, underpin poverty reduction, economic growth and environmental sustainability. From food and energy security to human and environmental health, water contributes to improvements in social well-being and inclusive growth, affecting the livelihoods of billions.
Despite impressive gains made over the last decade, 748 million people do not have access to an improved source of drinking water and 2.5 billion do not use an improved sanitation facility. Investments in water and sanitation services result in substantial economic gains.
At IWC we develop future water leaders for the world. We take an integrated water management approach, which considers the social, environmental and economic impacts of water management by integrating community, scientific, engineering, economic, legal, health and political perspectives.
This month, 47 professionals from all around the world have come to Australia to begin the challenging and exciting journey of the IWC Master of Integrated Water Management to help carry on the quest for water and sustainable development for the world.