World Water Day on 22 March

"Accelerating change"

World Water Day

The United Nations first launched World Water Day in 1992. Since then, the 22nd of March has served as an annual reminder of the importance of our most vital resource for all life and its special characteristics. The motto of the 2023 World Water Day campaign is “Accelerating Change”.

This year’s theme aims to shine the spotlight on the importance of national and international cooperation for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 to ensure access to clean water and sanitation for all by 2030. Access to water should not be a privilege. Achieving this goal requires enormous efforts on a multitude of levels. From 22 to 24 March 2023, a UN Water Conference will be held on this issue in New York City.

Why do we need World Water Day?

World Water Day and the UN Water Action Decade should be regarded in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its water-related goals, adopted by the UN member states in 2015, particularly SDG 6 "Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all".

World Water Day is aimed at raising widespread public awareness of these global goals, their local impacts and the challenges related to their implementation. The goal is to motivate people to support implementing action. All countries are invited to use World Water Day to implement the UN recommendation and carry out appropriate initiatives at national level. Further information on World Water Day is available on the UN website.

SDG No. 6: Clean water and sanitation

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 "Clean Water and Sanitation. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all."

Past themes of World Water Day

Each year, the United Nations selects a different theme for World Water Day.

Year Theme
2023Accelerating Change
2022Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible
2021Valuing Water
2020Water and Climate Change
2019Leaving no one behind – water and sanitation for all
2018Nature for Water
2017Waste Water
2016Water and Jobs
2015Water and Sustainable Development
2014Water and Energy
2013Water Cooperation
2012Water and Food Security
2011Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge
2010Clean Water for a Healthy World
2009Shared Water – Shared Opportunities
2007Coping with Water Scarcity
2006Water and Culture
2005Water for Life 2005 – 2015
2004Water and Disasters
2003Water for the Future
2002Water for Development
2001Water and Health
2000Water for the 21st Century
1999Everyone Lives Downstream
1998Groundwater: the Invisible Resource
1997The World’s Water: Is There Enough?
1996Water for Thirsty Cities
1995Women and Water
1994Caring for Our Water Resources is Everyone’s Business
Last updated: 09.03.2023

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