Each year on March 22, the world celebrates World Water Day, initially proposed in a 1992 initiative to raise awareness for the importance of access to water for everyday living, agriculture, energy, health and trade.
The theme for World Water Day 2014 is Water and Energy, focusing on the lack of equality to safe water access for the “bottom billion”, people living in impoverished rural areas with little to no opportunity to have safe drinking water, sufficient sanitation needs and efficient food and energy services.
In developing access to water for energy services, there will also be special attention paid to making those industries “green” and energy efficient, “leading the way to energy security and sustainable water use in a green economy.”
The first official observance of World Water Day was in 1993. In 2003 all support, activities and information related to World Water Day were taken over by the newly formed UN Water.
For other resources related to safe access to water, or how the Green Cross provides aid to those in need of safe water and sanitation, read about Water for Life and Peace and our Smart Water for Green Schools project.