World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as 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. 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. In 2013, in reflection of the International Year of Water Cooperation, World Water Day is also dedicated to the theme of cooperation around water and is coordinated by UNESCO in collaboration with UNECE and UNDESA on behalf of UN-Water.
To celebrate this year's World Water Day, several events will be organized around the United Kingdom and Ireland:
19 March, 6 pm - The event organized at the Scottish Parliament will provide a platform for showcasing successful water cooperation initiatives between Scotland and the world. Scotland the Hydro Nation and the UN are joining the global efforts towards cooperative solutions to global water scarcity and security. Hosted by Maureen Watt MSP in partnership with Scottish Government, Scottish Water, CIFAL Scotland, United Nations Institute for Training and Research, the evening will feature, Prof Bob Kalin offering a perspective of water in the developing world and Prof Chris Spray discussing how equitable water governance systems can foster cooperation on shared water resources.
22 March, 9.30 am - At Gorta's 2013 World Water Day Symposium in Dublin, speakers will address themes around water cooperation such as gender equality, drought planning, conservation, community user groups, equity in access to water and poverty eradication. Speakers include Diarmuid Gavin, Horticulturalist and Environmentalist; Sally Bunning, Land Management Officer, UN Food and Agricultural Organization and Charles Meshack, Executive Director of the Tanzania Forestry Conservation Group.
25 January until 23 March - The Water for Thought exhibition aims to generate awareness of global water problems through a mixture of design, technology and video. Curator Hector Serrano said: "The exhibition aims to be an inspiration and eye opener for visitors, showing not only the facts, but real and simple approaches to the complex problem of people's access to fresh drinking water around the World". By visiting the Roca London Gallery, you're helping them to raise £2,500 for the We Are Water Foundation.
25 March - New Zealand Studies Network Film in London will be screening: 'Water Whisperers - Tangaroa'. This vibrant environmental documentary explores the healing and recovery of polluted and fished out water ways, and the conservation of wild water places - from mountain lakes, through rivers and out into the ocean. Subtle, sensitive and beautifully photographed - it is a quietly convincing voice amid the clamour.
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