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Holiday:World Water Day
World Water Day has been observed on 22 March since
1993 when the United Nations General Assembly declared 22
March as "World Day for Water".
This day was first formally proposed in Agenda 21 of
the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and
Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Observance
began in 1993 and has grown significantly ever since; for
the general public to show support, it is encouraged for the
public to not use their taps throughout the whole day. The
day has also become a popular Facebook trend.
The UN and its member nations devote this day to
implementing UN recommendations and promoting concrete
activities within their countries regarding the world's
water resources. Each year, one of various UN agencies
involved in water issues takes the lead in promoting and
coordinating international activities for World Water Day.
Since its inception in 2003, UN-Water has been responsible
for selecting the theme, messages and lead UN agency for the
World Day for Water.
In addition to the UN member states, a number of NGOs
promoting clean water and sustainable aquatic habitats have
used World Day for Water as a time to focus public attention
on the critical water issues of our era. Every three years
since 1997, for instance, the World Water Council has drawn
thousands to participate in its World Water Forum during the
week of World Day for Water. Participating agencies and NGOs
have highlighted issues such as a billion people being
without access to safe water for drinking and the role of
gender in family access to safe water. In 2003, 2006 and
2009, the UN World Water Development Report was launched on
the occasion of the World Water Day.