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The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro.

WWD 2010: Clean Water for a Healthy World


Every year, 1,500 cubic kilometres of wastewater are produced globally. While waste and wastewater can be reused productively for energy and irrigation, it usually is not. In developing countries 80 percent of all waste is being discharged untreated, because of lack of regulations and resources. And population and industrial growth add new sources of pollution and increased demand for clean water to the equation. Human and environmental health, drinking and agricultural water supplies for the present and future are at stake, still water pollution rarely warrants mention as a pressing issue.


To do something about that UN-Water has chosen Clean Water for a Healthy World as theme for World Water Day 2010. The overall goal of the World Water Day on 22 March 2010 campaign is to raise the profile of water quality at the political level so that water quality considerations are made alongside those of water quantity.


UNEP has responsibility for taking the lead in 2010, UN-Water announced at a session during the Stockholm World Water Week in August 2009. Keep an eye on their site


Join the World’s Longest Toilet queue!


As part of World Water Day there will be thousands of Toilet Queues organised all over the world from 20-22 March 2010 under the End of Water Poverty campaign umbrella. It is a Guinness World Record attempt to help solve the global sanitation crisis at the same time.
Visit the site


See also the World Water Day event in the Netherlands that will be taking place in Amsterdam on 25 March.



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