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World Water Day

Quick Facts

World Water Day aims to increase people's awareness of the water's importance in all aspects of life.

Local names

NameLanguage
World Water DayEnglish
Día Mundial del AguaSpanish
יום המים הבינלאומיHebrew
يوم الماء العالميArabic
세계 물의 날Korean
WeltwassertagGerman

World Water Day 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014

World Water Day 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2015
List of dates for other years

The United Nations' (UN) World Water Day is held on March 22 each year. Events are organized on or around this day to increase people's awareness of water's importance in environment, agriculture, health and trade.

World Water Day aims to increase people's awareness on water's importance in life.

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What do people do?

Many events are held worldwide during World Water Day. These include:

Some events are held on actual World Water Day date, while others are held on convenient dates close to March 22.

Public life

World Water Day is not a public holiday in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Background

Agenda 21 is a worldwide action plan for areas where human activities may affect the environment. It was adopted at the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 1992. Agenda 21 recommended various measures, including creating World Water Day.

The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on December 22, 1992, declaring March 22 to be the World Day for Water each year. Countries were encouraged to develop activities to highlight local needs for water. The first World Day for Water was observed in 1993.

The Water for Life Decade was launched on World Water Day in 2005. This decade will run from 2005 to 2015 and give a high profile to women's participation and the UN's water-related programs.

Symbols

World Water Day's main symbol is the shape of a water drop in the UN's color blue. Photographs of water being used or in rivers, reservoirs, lakes or seas are widely displayed on this occasion.

World Water Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
MonMar 221993World Water DayUnited Nations observance 
TueMar 221994World Water DayUnited Nations observance 
WedMar 221995World Water DayUnited Nations observance 
FriMar 221996World Water DayUnited Nations observance 
SatMar 221997World Water DayUnited Nations observance 
SunMar 221998World Water DayUnited Nations observance 
MonMar 221999World Water DayUnited Nations observance 
WedMar 222000World Water DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuMar 222001World Water DayUnited Nations observance 
FriMar 222002World Water DayUnited Nations observance 
SatMar 222003World Water DayUnited Nations observance 
MonMar 222004World Water DayUnited Nations observance 
TueMar 222005World Water DayUnited Nations observance 
WedMar 222006World Water DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuMar 222007World Water DayUnited Nations observance 
SatMar 222008World Water DayUnited Nations observance 
SunMar 222009World Water DayUnited Nations observance 
MonMar 222010World Water DayUnited Nations observance 
TueMar 222011World Water DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuMar 222012World Water DayUnited Nations observance 
FriMar 222013World Water DayUnited Nations observance 
SatMar 222014World Water DayUnited Nations observance 
SunMar 222015World Water DayUnited Nations observance 
TueMar 222016World Water DayUnited Nations observance 
WedMar 222017World Water DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuMar 222018World Water DayUnited Nations observance 
FriMar 222019World Water DayUnited Nations observance 
SunMar 222020World Water DayUnited Nations observance 

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