World Water Day
World Water Day (22 March) highlights the importance of freshwater. The day is used to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources, clean water and safe water for all. The theme for 2019 is “Leaving no one behind”. It encourages people to consider marginalized groups. These are often overlooked and discriminated against when they try to access safe water. The focus on universal access to clean water is in line with the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 6. Therefore, we decided to present water paintings on this day.
Annual themes for World Water Day
2019 – Leaving no one behind
The theme of is about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind. Marginalized groups – women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people – are often overlooked, and may face discrimination, as they try to access safe water.
2018 – Nature for Water
The theme in 2018 explored how nature can be used to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century. This could be in the form of nature-based solutions to water-related challenges. For example, reducing floods, droughts, water pollution and protecting ecosystems could be solved using natural means, which nature uses, rather than man-made approaches. Restoring wetlands, implementing constructed wetlands, green roofs, green infrastructure, planting new forests, reconnecting rivers to floodplains, are some examples. Each of these use natural processes to rebalance the water cycle and improve human health and livelihoods.
2017 – Why Waste Water?
In 2017, the theme was “Why Waste Water?” which was about reducing and reusing wastewater. The theme was a play on words as it related to both the aspect of wasting water and issues around wastewater, namely treatment and reuse. Wastewater is a valuable resource to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goal Number 6.
2016 – Better Water, Better Jobs
The 2016 theme of “Better water, better jobs” highlighted the correlation between water and job creation, both directly and indirectly, by water sources around the globe. As water scarcity becomes more of a reality, industries heavily dependent on water like textiles and agriculture are at risk of increased costs, which threatens salaries and jobs. Increased costs may then be passed on to consumers.
2015 – Water and Sustainable Development
With the theme ‘Water and Sustainable Development’, the year 2015 provided an important opportunity to consolidate and build upon the previous World Water Days to highlight water’s role in the sustainable development agenda.