World Water Day: Coping with Water Scarcity 22 March 2007. The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. World Water Day: Coping with Water Scarcity 22 March 2007. The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro.
World Water Day: Coping with Water Scarcity

22 March 2007. The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro.

The United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March of each year as the World Day for Water by adopting a resolution.This world day for water was to be observed starting in 1993, in conformity with the recommendations of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development contained in chapter 18 (Fresh Water Resources) of Agenda 21. States were invited to devote the Day to implement the UN recommendations and set up concrete activities as deemed appropriate in the national context.

'Coping with Water Scarcity' is the theme for World Water Day 2007. This year's theme highlights the increasing significance of water scarcity worldwide and the need for increased integration and cooperation to ensure sustainable, efficient and equitable management of scarce water resources, both at international and local levels.

Equity and rights, cultural and ethical issues are essential to be addressed when dealing with limited water resources. Imbalances between availability and demand, the degradation of groundwater and surface water quality, intersectoral competition, interregional and international disputes, all center around the question of how to cope with scarce water resources.

The theme was decided among all members of UN Water at the World Water Week in Stockholm in August 2006. FAO acts as coordinator, on behalf of all the UN Agencies and Programmes members of UN-Water for the celebration of World Water Day 2007. It is assisted by the Secretariat for UN-Water, which is based at UN DESA in New York, and which is serving as point of contact within the UN system for freshwater-related issues.

This Day, UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon addressed the world community and stressted "The state of the world’s waters remains fragile, and the need for an integrated and sustainable approach to water resource management is as pressing as ever." and he continued "The way forward is clear: strengthening institutional capacity and governance at all levels, promoting more technology transfer, mobilizing more financial resources, and scaling up good practices and lessons learned." Full text of the Secretary-General Message on World Water Day.

UN Resident Coordinator in Ukraine Mr. Francis O'Donnell raised importance of water issue in the context of the latest Human Development Report produced by UNDP and highlighted "Unless we act now, wars in the future will be fought over access to scarce water supplies. Yet the oceans rise due to global warming! More water, but not enough safe water". Full text of the Op-Ed "4,900 children killed on 22 March by unclean water"

To learn more about celebration of World Water Day 2007 worldwide , UN Water for Life Decade and UN freshwater programmes

Full information on themes and events of World Water Day since 1993 - World Water Day 1994 - 2007