Did you know?
- 800 million people in the world do not have access to fresh drinking water
- 6,000 children die every day from diseases associated with inadequate or unsafe water
- WHO estimates that for every $1 invested in safe drinking water, there’s a return of $3-$34, depending on the region
World Water Day was established in 1993 by the United Nations to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and to encourage the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
This year’s World Water Day theme is Water Cooperation. As water consumption rises due to increasing population, shifting diets and climate change, the need to cooperate in its management grows every more critical. After all, water is oblivious to political boundaries.
Although water can be a source of conflict, there are examples of cooperation from around the globe. As the UN site says, “When water resources are cooperatively shared and managed, peace, prosperity and sustainable development are more likely to be achieved.”
What can you do to get involved? The UN offers calendars, a number of colorful, informative posters as well as web banners and buttons that you can download and post to show your support the International Year of Water Cooperation. Or go to the Voss Foundation site and download one of their cover photos to use on your Facebook page.