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Friday, 20 March 2015

World Water Day 2015, March 22nd.

A day for water and water for sustainable Development

Тема дня 2015 года «Вода и устойчивое развитие»
2015 Theme : Water and Sustainable Development.
Tema 2015 : «Agua y Desarrollo Sostenible ».
Thème 2015 : L’eau et le développement durable.
موضوع عام 2015: المياه والتنمية المستدامة

This year, as the UN prepares to adopt a new post-2015 sustainable development agenda in September, World Water Day highlights the essential and interconnected role of water. We rely on water for public health and equitable progress, it is essential for food and energy security, and it underpins the functioning of industries.
The onset of climate change, growing demand on finite water resources from agriculture, industry and cities, and increasing pollution in many areas are hastening a water crisis that can only be addressed by cross-sectoral, holistic planning and policies – internationally, regionally and globally.
Among the most urgent issues are access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Despite progress under the Millennium Development Goals, adopted in 2000, some 750 million people -- more than one in ten of the world’s population -- remain without access to an improved water supply. Women and children, in particular, are affected by this lack, as not only is their health compromised, but considerable hours are wasted in the unproductive – and sometimes dangerous – business of collecting water.
The statistics on sanitation are even less encouraging. Some 2.5 billion people still live without improved sanitation, and a billion people practice open defecation, making sanitation the least successful area of the MDGs. We cannot achieve a world of dignity, health and prosperity for all until we address this urgent need.
Our sustainable future is also jeopardized by climate change, which is why United Nations Member States are working hard towards a meaningful, universal climate agreement this December in Paris. Over the coming years, greenhouse gas emissions will have to significantly decline in order to avert the worst impacts of climate change, which include changed weather patterns and the threat of water scarcity in large parts of the world.
To address the many challenges related to water, we must work in a spirit of urgent cooperation, open to new ideas and innovation, and prepared to share the solutions that we all need for a sustainable future. If we do so, we can end poverty, promote global prosperity and well-being, protect the environment and withstand the threat of climate change.

The theme of 2015 it’s about how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want. Learn more about the theme and join the global celebrations by organizing your own event.
Join the 2015 campaign to raise awareness of water and sanitation. You can also contribute on social media though the hashtags #WaterIs and #WorldWaterDay.

 WWDR 2015 (Water for a Sustainable World).

Overarching Message

Water is at the core of sustainable development. Water resources, and the range of services they provide, underpin poverty reduction, economic growth and environmental sustainability. From food and energy security to human and environmental health, water contributes to improvements in social well-being and inclusive growth, affecting the livelihoods of billions.

Message 1:
water provides a range of benefits and services that are key factors in achieving sustainable development and inclusive growth, that are vital to nearly all forms of economic activity and that underpin the livelihoods of

Message 2:
water resources are renewable but the amounts available at any time or place will reflect the limits of their natural cycle. When managed within these limits, they establish a sustainable basis for development. Exceeding these limits or abusing the resource
through unsustainable growth patterns can undermine development, compromise the health of ecosystems, and impoverish vulnerable communities.

Message 3:
water resources and services have been a key factor in the progress made in the last 30 years, contributing to improvements in health, food security, social equity, economic growth and environmental sustainability and playing a role in improving the livelihoods of hundreds of millions lifted out of poverty.Unfortunately, this progress has not been evenly distributed across the globe and much still needs to be done in most places.

Message 4:
water management and decisions affecting water will play a key role in addressing the new development challenges of the middle of the 21stcentury, including urbanization, sustainable industrial development and economic growth, eradicating persistent poverty, ensuring food and energy security, responding to new patterns of consumption and conserving threatened ecosystems.

Message 5:
the many values and benefits of water resources and the ecosystem services that provide them should be more fully taken into account in the calculation of social and economic costs and benefits of development decisions and investments in water management.
When efficiently and transparently managed, investments in water generate social, economic, financial and other benefits that greatly outweigh its costs

Message 6:
water management enhances the security and resilience of and reduces risks faced by vulnerable people and ecosystems threatened by unsustainable = patterns of demand, pollution, changes to climate and land-use patterns and increasing exposure to extreme events.

Message 7:
the decisions that determine how water resources are used (or abused) are not made by water managers alone. Progress towards sustainable development thus requires engaging a broader range of political actors–in government, civil society and business–to take account of water in their decision-making processes and responses.

Events : World Water Day 2015

Water is urbanization (Every week, one million people move into cities.)

Water is urbanization

Every week, one million people
move into cities. 

- See more at:

North America - United States of America
24.03.2015 - 24.03.2015
UN Headquarters
North America - United States of America
23.03.2015 - 23.03.2015
- a platform for dialogue surrounding global efforts to manage clean water
North America - United States of America
03.10.2016 - 08.03.2015
Water is Life Kenya Awareness Day

North America - United States of America
03.10.2016 - 03.10.2016
hosted by three Mooresville Middle School students

North America - United States of America
11.04.2015 - 11.04.2015
fun and inspirational for all ages

North America - United States of America
10.04.2015 - 10.04.2015
A free event held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
North America - United States of America
31.03.2015 - 31.03.2015
on water quality in the Great Lakes and abroad

North America - United States of America
26.03.2015 - 26.03.2015
Join Take Back the Tap and Engineers Without Borders USA

Water is nature (Ecosystems lie at the heart of the global water cycle)
North America - Canada
23.03.2015 - 23.03.2015
field trip, panel event, water walks...
Oceania - United States of America
23.03.2015 - 23.03.2015
World Water Day Talk Story - FLOOD / turn the tide

Water is industry (More water is used to manufacture a car than to fill a swimming pool.)

Europe - United Kingdom
23.03.2015 - 23.03.2015
with guest speakers Sue Illman
28.03.2015 - 28.03.2015
Free slideshow presentation
Europe - Switzerland
22.03.2015 - 25.03.2015
international congress
Europe - Italy
23.03.2015 - 23.03.2015
The Conference will gather representatives of Ministries of Italy, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia, Institutions and entities

Europe - Georgia
22.02.2016 - 22.02.2016
a game to save water and help the planet to become sustainable. 

22.02.2016 - 22.02.2016
bring one glass of water and to put it into the earth

Europe - Hungary
06.07.2015 - 10.07.2015
at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Europe - Poland
24.03.2015 - 24.03.2015
meeting to exchange of knowledge and experiences in protection and managment of water resources
Europe - Spain
25.03.2015 - 25.03.2015
Mai morire
24.03.2015 - 24.03.2015
Telde, Spain
Europe - Norway
24.03.2015 - 24.03.2015
et program som dekker både internasjonale og norske perspektiver
Europe - Romania
23.03.2015 - 25.03.2015
visit Budeasa Water Plant and Pitesti Waste Water Treatment Plant
Europe - France
23.03.2015 - 28.03.2015
La journee mondiale de l'eau prendra la forme d'une semaine a Oppede en France

Europe - Serbia
23.03.2015 - 23.03.2015
in Serbia, Nis
Europe - Montenegro
23.03.2015 - 23.03.2015
Montenegrin Coast

Europe - Germany
22.03.2015 - 22.03.2015
Events around the year accompany the award
Europe - Austria
22.03.2015 - 22.03.2015
Haus des Wassers (The Waterhouse) Environmental education for the youn

Water is equality (Every day women spend 200 million hours carrying water.)

Central America - Mexico
24.03.2015 - 24.03.2015
Circuito Universitarios

Central America - Mexico
28.03.2015 - 28.03.2015
Actividades para el cuidado del agu
Central America - Barbados
23.03.2015 - 28.03.2015
A week of activities of seminars, an open day and a cricket match.

Water is food (To produce two steaks you need 15 000 liters of water.)

South America - Argentina
26.04.2015 - 26.04.2015

South America - Brazil
28.03.2015 - 28.03.2015
Instituto Federal de Educacao
24.03.2015 - 26.03.2015

South America - Chile
24.03.2015 - 24.03.2015
relevando la cuenca del rio Laja
South America - Ecuador
24.03.2015 - 25.03.2015
24 and 25 March 2015 at Park-Museum of Water - YAKU

South America - Peru
22.03.2015 - 22.03.2015
domingo 22 de marzo
South America - Nicaragua
22.03.2015 - 22.03.2015
water exhibtion

Water is energy (Water and energy are inseparable friends.)

Asia - United Arab Emirates
22.03.2015 - 22.03.2015
Centro Capital Centre by Rotana
Asia - Myanmar
17.09.2015 - 19.09.2015
provide a platform for the Myanmar and ASEAN water and wastewater industries
Asia - India
05.04.2015 - 12.02.2015
Discussions on ways of water conversation and its implementation policy.
Asia - Indonesia
28.03.2015 - 29.03.2015
Asia - Lebanon
26.03.2015 - 19.03.2015
at the American University of Beirut

Asia - Malaysia
25.03.2015 - 25.03.2015
in conjunction with World Water Day 2015 

23.03.2015 - 25.02.2015
2-days conference and a 1-day technical visit to various sites

Asia - Philippines
23.03.2015 - 23.03.2015
tree growing activity
Water is health (Clean hands can save your life.)

Africa - Swaziland
27.03.2015 - 28.03.2015
Symposium and Water Sector Awards hosted by the Department of Water Affairs, Swaziland
Africa - Ethiopia
24.03.2015 - 24.03.2015
Run for Clean Water
24.03.2015 - 24.03.2015
in Woliso, Ethiopia

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