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World Water Day 2021- importance, origin, why on march 22 and how in India

World Water Day 2021 importance, origin, why on march 22 and how in India

World Water Day 2021: The importance, origin, and why it is observed on March 22nd, as well as how the day will be celebrated in India and across the globe.

The United Nation (UN) General Assembly first adopted a resolution to observe World Water Day on December 22, 1992, after which March 22 was declared World Water Day and has been celebrated worldwide since 1993.

World Water Day is celebrated annually on March 22 around the world with the goal of emphasising the importance of water and raising awareness about the world’s water shortage. The main goal of the day, as per the UN, is to ‘support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.’

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The Origins of World Water Day

The UN General Assembly first adopted a resolution to observe World Water Day on December 22, 1992, after which March 22 was declared World Water Day and has been celebrated worldwide since 1993.

As per the UN, one in every three people does not have access to safe drinking water. By year 2025, almost half of the earth’s population will be living in water-stressed regions. It is past time for every human on this planet to save water and find ways to conserve it.

Nearly 2.2 billion people around the world do not have access to clean and safe drinking water. The day is all about thinking about and acting on the global water crisis and its management.

World Water Day 2021 Theme

The theme of World Water Day 2021 is “Valuing Water,” and it was selected to emphasise the importance of water in our daily lives. ‘ Water has huge and complex value for our societies, food, culture, health, education, economics, and the purity of our natural surroundings. If we ignore any of these values, we risk depleting this limited and irreplaceable resource,’ the information on UN website warns.

Celebrations for World Water Day

Because of the covid-19 pandemic, World Water Day 2021 will be celebrated practically, with the issuance of the United Nations Water Development report, which will recommend policy directions to different nations about how to deal with the water shortage and its crisis.

The UN online information also encourages people to engage in online conversations about the importance of water through social media engagement and can be encouraged to engage in digital debates.

In India, it is World Water Day

Prime Minister will launch the ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain’ initiative in a video conference, in which a memorandum of agreement (MOA) would be signed between both the Jal Shakti ministry and the governments of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh to begin construction on the Ken-Betwa Link project.

As per a release from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the Ken-Betwa Link is India’s first river-linking project, with the aim of transporting water from surplus regions to water-scarce regions by interconnecting rivers.

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