March 22 Marks World Water Day 2023: Here is why we should conserve Water
World Water Day 2023: Water is a precious resource that sustains life on earth. However, as the world population grows and climate change intensifies, access to safe water becomes increasingly difficult for many communities around the world. World Water Day, celebrated annually on March 22nd, aims to raise awareness and inspire action to address these challenges. This year’s theme is “Accelerating Change,” highlighting the urgency to act now to secure a sustainable water future for all.
History of World Water Day
World Water Day was first announced in Agenda 21 of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. The United Nations General Assembly declared March 22nd as World Water Day in 1993, with the first celebration taking place the following year. Since then, World Water Day has been observed annually as an opportunity to raise awareness and advocate for the sustainable management of water resources.
Over the years, different themes have been selected to focus on different aspects of water management, such as “Nature for Water” in 2018 and “Groundwater, making the invisible visible” in 2022. This year’s theme, “Accelerating Change,” emphasizes the need to accelerate progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to water and sanitation.
Objectives behind World Water Day 2023
It is an International Observance Day. The main objective behind this is to make people aware of water-related issues and make them aware of these issues to take some action, particularly in developing countries.
The global water crisis is one of these issues which includes challenges such as water pollution, water scarcity and lack of sanitation for the billions of people in developing countries.
Challenges and Data
Access to clean water and sanitation is still a major challenge in many parts of the world. According to the United Nations, 2.2 billion people lack access to safe drinking water, and 4.2 billion people lack safely managed sanitation services. Lack of access to clean water and sanitation contributes to the spread of water-borne diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and diarrhoea, which are major causes of illness and death, particularly among children under five.
Climate change is exacerbating the challenges of water management, as extreme weather events such as floods and droughts have become more frequent and intense. This puts pressure on water resources, particularly in vulnerable areas such as arid and semi-arid regions.
However, progress has been made in some areas. The United Nations reports that 91% of the global population now has access to improved drinking water sources, up from 76% in 1990. Additionally, 5.2 billion people have gained access to safely managed sanitation services since 2000.
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Despite these challenges, there are also reasons for hope. Many countries and communities have made significant progress in improving access to water and sanitation, reducing water pollution, and promoting sustainable water management practices. For example, the United Nations reports that since 1990, 2.6 billion people have gained access to improved drinking water sources, and 2.1 billion people have gained access to improved sanitation facilities.
Quotes from well-known people can be a powerful tool to convey the significance of World Water Day and the importance of valuing water. Here are a few inspiring quotes that capture the essence of this year’s theme:
“Water is the driving force of all nature.” – Leonardo Da Vinci
“Water is the foundation of life. And still today, all around the world, far too many people spend their entire day searching for it.” – Matt Damon
“The wars of the 21st century will be fought over water.” – Ismail Segeldin
World Water Day 2023 is supported by many organizations across the world. Many organizations undertake a lot of events to promote and make people aware of the importance of World Water Day.
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