An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.
Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater, this year the theme is “Water for cities: responding to the urban challenge“
For more information about World Water Day go to the UN World Water Day website
Did you know that
- 27% of the urban dwellers in the developing world do not have access to piped water at home
- Every second, the urban population grows by 2 people
- The relationship between water and cities is crucial. Cities require a very large input of freshwater and in turn have a huge impact on freshwater systems
More facts and figures on Water and Cities can be find here here