World Water Day 2019: Theme, History and Significance
World Water Day is observed every year on 22nd March all over the world. It focuses attention towards importance of water and how to preserve it. As we know that water is essential for life, without water we can't survive. Up to 60% of the human adult body is water. All plants and animals need water to survive. If there was no water there would be no life on earth.
Therefore, it is necessary to understand that natural resources are important for sustaining life on earth. Do you know that approx 2.1 billion people live without safe drinking water at home which affects their health and livelihoods? With the climate change, environment and ecosystem affect and results into the water-crises. Due to floods, drought, water pollution; vegetation, soil, rivers and lakes are degrading.
So, Worl Water Day is celebrated by organising several events, distribute messages through social media, TV, educational events based on the importance of clean water and conservative measures, competitions, etc. We should plant trees, reconnect rivers to flood plains, restore wetlands etc. will help to rebalance the water cycle. Let us understand further the importance of water, theme of World Water Day, why it is celebrated, history, etc. through this article.
Theme of World Water Day 2019
The Theme of World Water Day 2019 is "Leaving no one behind"and of 2018 was "Nature for Water" or “Nature-based Solutions for Water”. Mainly focusing attention on the importance of water. This theme adapts the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit. Let us tell you thet the Goal 6 of Sustainable Development is crystal clear that is water for all by 2030. And according to the definition. it means leaving no one behind.
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World Water Day: History
We know that across the world on 22nd March World Water Day is celebrated. In 1993, United Nations General Assembly decided to celebrate this day as an annual event to increase the awareness among the people about the need and conservation of water. Officially it was first added in the schedule 21 of 1992 year “United Nations Conference on Environment and Development” in the Rio de Janerio, Brazil. And from the year 1993 World Water Day celebrations was started to motivate the people about the importance of water.
Purpose of celebrating World Water Day
The United Nation and the members of nations celebrate this day by organising campaigns and promote the global water conservation through the real activities. Basically, every year this campaign is promoted by the UN agencies to encourage the people, make them understand about the water issues and also coordinate with the international activities for the World Water Day. Un-Water is also responsible for the selection of World Water Day theme, also distribute messages globally etc. In fact with UN members and agencies, various NGOs and non government organisations also become involved in the promotional activities to aware people. All the water issues are highlighted during this event and campaign.
Therefore, now time comes to take steps forward and unite together to conserve our precious natural resources.
Save Water, Save Life!