MEDIA ADVISORY -- WORLD WATER DAY
World Water Day 2009 will be observed on 22 March 2009.
Under the theme "Shared Waters--Shared Opportunities," this year's commemoration highlights the need for cooperation between countries and regions to ensure adequate supply of freshwater.
A study shows that most countries favor cooperation over conflict. In 60 years, there have been nearly 300 international water agreements and only 37 cases of reported violence between states over water. But many countries are facing--or will face--a scarcity of freshwater. By 2025, 1.8 billion people will live in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity.
Water availability is also linked to climate change. Melting glaciers in watershed regions, changing precipitation patterns, prolonged drought or more intense rainfall, which can often be traced to climate change, will have a profound impact on future freshwater supplies.
To commemorate the day, numerous activities are being planned in several countries around the world on or around 22 March. The World Water Day campaign is making available a wide range of promotional materials to assist with events in every country. These materials can be downloaded from http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/campaign.html.
World Water Day is a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. 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.
Additional information on World Water Day 2009 can be found at http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday.