What is World Water Day and how do we celebrate it?

As part of the 2030 Agenda, the world committed to the Sustainable Development Goal #SDG6 in 2015, the pledge that everyone would have safely managed water and sanitation by 2030. To date, human rights to water and sanitation of individuals and sectors of the society have not yet been realised.

Every year on the 22nd of March, the #WorldWaterDay aims to promote awareness and address the water and sanitation crisis. It draws attention to the importance of water in our daily lives and to take action to ensure that everyone has access to this vital resource.

There are many things that we can do to celebrate World Water Day. As a community, we can make a difference by changing how we use, consume and manage water in our routines.

Some simple ways to conserve water is to repair leaks, take shorter showers and use water-efficient appliances. We can also support organisations working to provide clean water and sanitation to people in need by donating or volunteering (e.g., Suqia UAE, Project Maji, The Water Project, Surge, etc.)

Another way to celebrate World Water Day is to educate ourselves and others about the importance of freshwater and the impact of human activities on water resources. We can learn about water conservation, pollution and the effects of climate change on freshwater ecosystems. By sharing our knowledge with others, we can help raise awareness and encourage action to protect our water resources.

World Water Day is an occasion to reflect on the significance of freshwater and take action to protect it. Our actions, no matter how small, can help solve the water crisis and make a difference in ensuring that everyone has access to safe and clean water.