International World Water Day, March 22

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22 March each year is International World Water Day. It is a mean of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The theme in 2014 is Water and Energy

Date: 22 March 2014
Location: Worldwide
Organizer: United Nations

International World Water Day tries to remind people about the significance of fresh water and to promote sustainability for fresh water resources’ management. .

The first proposal for the establishment of this day was made in 1992 during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). World Water Day was officially assigned to 22 March in 1993 by the United Nations General Assembly.

The event includes official and milestone events as well as many other events organized by various stakeholders around the world.

Every year, this day emphasises on a different aspect of freshwater.

For 2014 this will be Water and Energy.

Global celebration in Tokyo
The main celebration of World Water Day is organized by United Nations Univertsity (UNU) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) on behalf of UN-Water on 20-21 March 2014 and will take place at the UNU Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

On this occasion, the World Water Development Report 2014 on Water and Energy will be launched, and the UN-Water ‘Water for Life’ Best Practices Award will be given.

Celebration in the Netherlands
The national celebration of World Water Day 2014 in The Netherlands takes place on 20 March 2014 at WTC Leeuwarden. Central theme of the event is the affordability of public goods.Why does energy outperform water?

Affordability and bankability of global public goods, such as energy and water, are a prerequisite for sustainable growth. The energy sector successfully attracts financing from institutional, concessional and ‘green’ private investors. Meanwhile, water services are not yet perceived as affordable or financial viable to many, including the poorest.

On World Water Day the Dutch water sector and the energy sector join forces to increase the affordability and financial viability of water and sanitation services.

More information


The Netherlands:

News articles on this website:
National celebration in the Netherlands takes inspiration from energy sector (18-03-2014)
Record number of 33,000 Dutch children to participate in Walk for Water (16-03-2014).

On 4 September 2013 UN Water held a seminar at the World Water Week in Stockholm that focused on the issue of ‘water and energy’. The seminar set the agenda for this year’s dialogue, identifying the stakeholders who could be actively involved in further developing the water-energy linkages in the context of the WWD 2014.

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