World Water Day - 22 March, History, Theme, Celebrations

World Water Day Information For Students

World Water Day is celebrated every year on 22 March by the people all across the world. The day was established to be celebrated as an annual event in the year 1993 by the decision of the United Nations General Assembly. This campaign was declared as a World Day for Water to be celebrated on 22nd of March each year to increase the awareness among the people about the importance, need and conservation of water.

It was first officially added in the schedule 21 of the year 1992 “United Nations Conference on Environment and Development” in the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and celebration was started from the year 1993 to motivate the general public in order to get their support in water conservation by avoiding the use of their taps for whole day.

World Water Day: Why Celebrate

The United Nation including member nations celebrate this campaign by implementing the UN recommendations as well as promoting the global water conservation through the real activities. This campaign is specially promoted by one of the UN agencies every year which involves encouraging the people to listen and understand about the water issues as well as coordinating with the international activities for the day. Since the beginning of this event celebration the UN-Water has been responsible for the selection of World Water Day theme, distribution of global messages as well as leading the UN agencies for celebrating the World Day for Water.

Including the UN member states and agencies, various NGOs and non government organizations also become involved in the promotion of clean water conservation focusing the public attention over all the critical issues of water. During this event celebration, all the water issues are highlighted to the public such as how people are inaccessible to the safe water and etc.

World Water Day: How it is Celebrated

It is celebrated throughout the world to increase the awareness of people towards the importance of water in various field of life including the environment, health, agriculture and trade. It is celebrated by organizing variety of events and activities such as visual art, theatrical and musical celebrations of water, excursions to the local ponds, lakes, rivers and reservoirs, symposium at local, national and international level over water management and safety, distributing messages through TV and radio channels or internet, educational events based on the importance of clean water and conservative measures, competitions and so many activities. The main symbol of the World Water Day celebration is the shape of water drop of blue color.


  • 1993: Water for Cities
  • 1994: Caring for our Water Resources is Everybody’s Business
  • 1995: Women and Water
  • 1996: Water for Thirsty Cities
  • 1997: The World’s Water: Is there enough
  • 1998: Groundwater – The Invisible Resource
  • 1999: Everyone Lives Downstream
  • 2000: Water for the 21st century
  • 2001: Water for Health
  • 2002: Water for Development
  • 2003: Water for Future
  • 2004: Water and Disasters
  • 2005: Water for Life 2005–2015
  • 2006: Water and Culture
  • 2007: Coping with Water Scarcity
  • 2008: Sanitation
  • 2009: Trans Waters
  • 2010: Clean Water for a Healthy World
  • 2011: Water for cities: responding to the urban challenge
  • 2012: Water and Food Security
  • 2013: Water Cooperation
  • 2014: Water and Energy
  • 2015: Water and Sustainable Development
  • 2016: Water and Jobs
  • 2017: Wastewater
  • 2018: Nature-based Solutions for Water
  • 2019: Water and Climate Change
  • 2020: Leaving No One Behind
  • 2021: Valuing Water

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