Every year, more people die from the consequences of unsafe water than from all forms of violence, including war. Every year, the contamination of water resources within natural habitats affects us all directly by destroying fresh water fisheries, affecting food production and spreading sickness and disease.
Clean, safe, and adequate freshwater is vital to the survival of all living organisms and the smooth functioning of ecosystems, communities, and economies. However, the quality of the world’s water is increasingly threatened as human populations grow, industrial and agricultural activities expand, and climate change threatens to cause major alterations of the hydrologic cycle.
Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater and the 2010 theme is water quality, aiming to raise quality as a crucial element of water management alongside quantity.
Since 1993, International World Water Day has been held annually on 22 March to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. The 2010 theme is water quality, aiming to raise quality as a crucial element of water management, alongside quantity.
Events are taking place on every continent to mark World Water Day 2010, with activities that communicate messages on water quality, ecosystems and human well-being. These include: the World Water Day 2010 website, communication and outreach materials key publications and initiatives on water quality, and a policy dialogue for global commitment to address water quality, ecosystems, and human well-being.
World Water Day Theme Posters
WWD 2010 Objectives
- Raise awareness about sustaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being through addressing the increasing water quality challenges in water management and
- Raise the profile of water quality by encouraging governments, organizations, communities, and individuals around the world to actively engage in proactively addressing water quality e.g. in pollution prevention, clean up and restoration.