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World Water Day

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.

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

What Do People Do?

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

  • Visual art, theatrical and musical celebrations of water.
  • Symposia for local, national and international leaders on water management and security.
  • Educational events on the importance of clean water and protecting water resources.
  • Campaigns and events to raise money for access to clean and affordable water.
  • Excursions to local rivers, lakes and reservoirs.
  • Special broadcasts on television and radio and the Internet.
  • Walks, runs and swimming other sports competitions.

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.


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.


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 Type
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

Quick Facts

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

World Water Day 2016

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

World Water Day 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Name in other languages

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

List of dates for other years

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