World Water Day is observed annually across the globe on March 22 with the purpose of highlighting the importance of water and raising awareness about the water crisis that the world faces. To tackle the global water crisis, this day raises awareness about how severe the problem is, this is a small step but it can empower and change our lives.
The theme of World Water Day 2021 is “Valuing Water” and has been chosen to highlight the value of water in our daily lives. “The value of water is about much more than its price – water has enormous and complex value for our households, food, culture, health, education, economics and the integrity of our natural environment”, the UN website says. March 22 was formally proposed in Agenda 21 of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. In the same year, during the month of December, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution wherein it declared March 22nd as World Day for Water. Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, World Water Day 2021 will be celebrated virtually in which the United Nations Water Development report will be released with the purpose of recommending policy directions to various countries on how to deal with the water crisis.
According to the United Nations website, the main focus of the day is to “support the achievement of sustainable development goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.” The UN website also urges people to participate in online conversations about the importance of water by using social media. #Water2me and #WorldWaterDay can be used for engaging in digital discussions.