The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

World Water Day 2017

World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water. The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone has access to safe water by 2030, making water a key issue in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty.

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated March 22 as World Water Day. World Water Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners.

When: Wednesday, March 22
Where: Worldwide
How to Take Part: Visit to find out about the thousands of global events, many of which you can join in person or online.

Each year has a specific theme. This year's is "wastewater." However, this event more broadly relates to all issues facing freshwater -- including climate adaptation. You can take part in an event in nearly every country, or from your own home. You are also encouraged to learn more about World Water Day and host your own event in your community. Guidelines are available online.