With the theme ‘valuing water’, the World Water Day will be observed in the country amid different programmes today as elsewhere in the world.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s Message said, “The value of water is profound and complex. There is no aspect of sustainable development that does not fundamentally rely upon it.”“For me, water means protection. A well-managed water cycle encompasses drinking water, sanitation, hygiene, wastewater, trans-boundary governance, the environment and more. It also means a defence against ill-health and indignity and a response to challenges
from a changing climate and increasing global demand,” he said in his statement.
“By observing this World Water Day, we want to record and understand as many views as possible. So decision makers are better informed and equipped to safeguard this human right for every person and every purpose,” he also said.
“On this World Water Day, let us commit to intensifying efforts to truly valuing water so all may have equitable access to this most precious resource,” he added.
The World Water Day is observed 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 (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro.The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.