March 26, 2015

Water and Sustainable Development is the primary theme for 2015 World Water Day (WWD).  This year’s events and celebrations highlight globally how water directly links and impacts in every area of life and our futures.  World Water Day is officially observed and celebrated on March 22 every year, however, there are events held throughout the year to commemorate WWD. 

World Water Day celebrates water and awareness for members of the global population who suffer from water related issues.  It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water now and in the future.  In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated March 22 as the first World Water Day.  Since then, World Water Day is celebrated around the world shining the spotlight on a different issue every year.  Water and sustainable development is also the theme of the annual UN World Water Development Report.

From the UN World Water Day:

Water is at the core of sustainable development. Water resources, and the range of services they provide, underpin poverty reduction, economic growth and environmental sustainability. From food and energy security to human and environmental health, water contributes to improvements in social well-being and inclusive growth, affecting the livelihoods of billions.

Each year, UN-Water provides resources to inspire celebrations for World Water Day.  Events are held on all continents this year, as in recent years past to commemorate WWD.  Events scheduled in the U.S. and Canada range from kickoff events such as Let’s Celebrate World Water Day on March 28, Illinois Water Day 2015, Water Quality in the Great Lakes, APPA Water Youth Campaign, Walk for Water, Annual Run for H2O, and Water is Life Kenya Awareness campaign, which is to run through 2015 to March 2016. 

>To view highlights of 2015 World Water Day 

>To view scheduled WWD events

>For WWD resources