An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.
Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater and for this year the theme is “Water and Food Security”. There are 7 billion people to feed on the planet today and another 2 billion are expected to join by 2050. Statistics say that each of us drinks from 2 to 4 litres of water every day, however most of the water we ‘drink’ is embedded in the food we eat: producing 1 kilo of beef for example consumes 15,000 litres of water while 1 kilo of wheat ’drinks up’ 1,500 litres. When a billion people in the world already live in chronic hunger and water resources are under pressure we cannot pretend the problem is ‘elsewhere’. (Read the Secretary-General's Message on World Water Day)
In his message for the World Water Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that producing enough food to feed the world's rapidly growing population will require the international community to ensure the sustainable use of the world's "most critical finite resource," water.
In the commemoration of World Water Day on 22 March 2012, the Indonesia Global Compact Network (IGCN) in partnership with the Ministry of Public Works and the United Nations in Indonesia are organizing an event which was held in PPM Management Building, Menteng, Jakarta. The event aimed to promote cooperation among UN, private sectors, Indonesian government and NGOs. The global theme of this year’s World Water Day is Water and Food Security and particularly for the event, within the global theme, we will focus on Collaborative Actions for Sustainable Water Management.
The event included a formal presentation of the 4th edition of UN’s flagship global report on water, the World Water Development Report, to the Director General of Water Resources on behalf of the Minister of Public Works H.E. Ir. Djoko Kirmanto.(Click here to download the report)
The 4th edition of the World Water Development Report (WWDR4), ‘Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk’ was launched on the first day of the World Water Forum, in Marseille. Hosted and led by UNESCO, the United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) coordinates the work of 28 UN-Water members and partners in the World Water Development Report (WWDR).