World Water Day (WWD) occurs each year on March 22nd. The day
provides an opportunity to promote public awareness and the dissemination of
information relating to the conservation and management of water resources.
The primary goal of the ‘Water for Life’ Decade is to promote
efforts to fulfill international commitments made on water and water-related
issues by 2015 – a decade of action.
Relevant commitments include the Millennium Development
targets to reduce by half the proportion of people without access to safe
drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015.
The goal for all countries to stop the unsustainable
exploitation of water resources and to develop integrated water resource
management and water efficiency plans by 2005 agreed at the Johannesburg Summit
is also an important focus of the Decade.
A special emphasis will be placed on ensuring the involvement
of women in these development efforts. Achieving the goals of this
International Decade will require sustained commitment, cooperation and
"To the people of poor nations, we
pledge to work alongside you to make
your farms flourish and LetCleanWatersFlow, to nourish starved
bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy
relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to
suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources
without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change
with it". Source: President Obama, Inaugural Speech, January 20, 2009, Washington, DC, USA.