One of the essential elements of the earth, water is the main requirement of life. Without it all living beings and plants perish. Hence, the proverb says, “Water is life. However, with increasing industrialization, over-use and exploitation of all natural sources, human life is facing some questionable conditions such as acute water scarcity.
Since water is an essential building block of existence, every year 22 March is observed as World Water Day to raise awareness among people about the importance of fresh water and sustainable management of this vital resource. On this occasion, let’s take a look at this year’s theme, history and significance of World Water Day.
World Water Day: Theme
The theme of World Water Day 2022 proposed by IGRAC is ‘Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible’. It will be presented at the inaugural session of the 9th World Water Forum in Dakar, Senegal on 21 March 2022.
World Water Day: History
The idea of World Water Day, officially known as World Water Day, was a resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. It was then that the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution stating that March 22 will be marked every year. as World Water Day starting from 1993.
And since 1993, the day continues as an annual event to raise community awareness about the importance of water conservation.
World Water Day: Significance
About 99% of all liquid freshwater on Earth, groundwater provides a vast number of benefits and opportunities to societies. But experts say widespread water scarcity and pollution due to anthropogenic threats are now affecting the lives and livelihoods of billions of people. Therefore, in the context of increasing scarcity, the rich groundwater that contributes to the regular use of water for domestic use by the global population can no longer be ignored.
For this reason, every year, this World Water Day is celebrated by United Nations agencies around the world by organizing promotional activities to encourage people to address important water issues and to coordinate with international activities. is promoted globally. According to the United Nations (UN) website, the main objective of the day is to “support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.”