by Cassandra R. Elias
International World Water Day is held annually on March 22.
The purpose of this world-wide event is to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
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 March 22, 1993 as the first World Water Day.
In the Spotlight: Celebrate World Water Day!
There are 7 billion people to feed on the planet. There are another 2 billion expected to join those numbers by 2050.
Statistics show that each one of us drinks from 2 to 4 liters of water every day. Most of the water we 'drink' is part of the food we eat.
We can't pretend that chronic hunger and depleting water resources aren't a problem. Unwater.org along with the Food and Agriculture organization state, "coping with population growth and ensuring access to nutritious food to everyone call for a series of actions we can all help with."
• Practicing a healthier, sustainable diet
• Consuming less water-intensive products
• Reducing your food wastage
• For farmers to produce better quality food, with less water.
At all steps of the supply chain, from producers to consumers, actions can be taken to save water and ensure food for all.
And you? Do you know how much water you actually consume every day?
How can you change your diet and reduce your water footprint?
Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. On this page, we present a brief overview of the different themes that have been the focus of World Water Day celebrations.
UN-Water is dedicating World Water Day in 2012 to the theme of 'Water and Food Security.' The objective of WWD 2012 is to raise awareness on the relationship between water and food production and promote more sustainable food production and consumption patterns.
According to their website, they "seek both to alert the world of the adverse global situation in water and food security, and to encourage decision-makers to seize opportunities to address global challenges. Through showcasing success, it seeks to encourage decision-makers to initiate and sustain reforms and forward looking approaches."
The international campaign will include a series of events and communication tools, including: an UN-organized conference and exhibition in Rome, Italy on March 20th, 21st and 22nd; a WWD 2012 website and campaign materials; new knowledge resources and a set of outreach activities.
Join the World Water Day 2012 campaign "Water and Food Security" and find out more!
World Water Day is coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and Unwater.org.
How will you help?
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