World Water Day is an annual United Nations Observance focusing on the importance of freshwater, coordinated by UN-Water and led by one or more UN-Water Members and Partners with a related mandate. World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis. A core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.
The Philippines as signatory to the Agenda 21 of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), has formulated and is vigorously advocating the Philippine Strategy for Sustainable Development (PSSD) which includes emphasis on water as a limited resource. The passage of the Administrative Order No. 258 on March 4, 1996 by then President Fidel V. Ramos, enjoins all instrumentalities of the Government to join the Global observance of the World Water Day every March 22 with the objective of instilling awareness on the importance of water conservation parallel to the present effort of attaining a sustainable development.
The theme for World Water Day 2021 is Valuing Water.
Economic development and a growing global population mean agriculture and industry are getting thirstier and water-intensive energy generation is rising to meet demand. Climate change is making water more erratic and contributing to pollution.
As societies balance the demands on water resources, many people’s interests are not being taken into account.
How we value water determines how water is managed and shared. The value of water is about much more than its price – water has enormous and complex value for our households, culture, health, education, economics and the integrity of our natural environment.
If we overlook any of these values, we risk mismanaging this finite, irreplaceable resource.
SDG 6 is to ensure water and sanitation for all. Without a comprehensive understanding of water’s true, multidimensional value, we will be unable to safeguard this critical resource for the benefit of everyone.