World Water Day Celebrated in the GWP Network

World Water Day is an annual observance day on 22 March to highlight the importance of the world’s water resources. For GWP, this an important day to be an 'ambassador for water' and the network participates in celebrations around the world in various ways. Here are some of the highlights of 2018.

Since 22 March fell within the same week as the 8th World Water Forum (WWF8) in Brazil, several major global GWP announcements took place in connection to that – on the day itself, the big event was the launch of the Youth for Water & Climate #YWC digital platform.


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GWP Central Africa asked experts from the water sector to comment on the importance of water resources. Rodrigue Yakende, Agricultural Policy Officer at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Bangui, Central Africa, said: "Water is a powerful vector of social solidarity and contributes in a very significant way to improve the well-being of the population for a sustainable development".

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Several events took place in the GWP Central Asia and Caucasus region. GWP Mongolia organised a children's symposium under the theme "Water and Development" - two main topics were discussed with the children: "water value and pricing" and "water management and resource utilisation".

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Several countries within GWP West Africa also celebrated. One of the events in Benin was marked with a march led by students of the National Water Institute (INE), followed by a panel on the theme of the International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development 2018-2028. This was led by the Executive Secretary of GWP Benin.

Read the full article. For more celebrations in GWP West Africa, read articles from Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast. 

GWP China marked the day by announcing the global GWP campaign #ActOnSDG6 (formally launched during the WWF8 week in Brazil), and by citing some vital statistics: 2.1 billion people live without safe drinking water at home, affecting their health, education and livelihoods. Committing the world to ensuring safe water for everyone by 2030, the Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6) can join stakeholders around a target for protecting natural resources.  

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Top image:  National Water Institute (INE) student march in Benin.