Wold Water Day Celebration Event
Theme: Leaving no one behind The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is hosting the World Water Day (WWD) in Pretoria on 22 March 2019. The WWD is marked on 22 March every year. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It’s a day to prepare for how we will manage water in the future. In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day. 22 years later, World Water Day is celebrated around the world shining the spotlight on a different issue every year. This year’s World Water Day theme “Leaving no one behind” adapts the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that states as sustainable development progress, everyone must benefit. The aim of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) is to ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behind. This World Water Day is about tackling the water crisis and addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind. Today, billions of people are still living without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive. Marginalized groups – women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others – are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need. The DWS will also use the WWD to launch the Development Cooperation Partners Platform. A need has been identified for the establishment of the Development Cooperation Partners Platform with key international and national stakeholders as an important vehicle to share information, coordinate activities, and ensure alignment according to the strategic vision of the Department as highlighted on the National Water and Sanitation Master Plan. The Platform will serve as a vehicle for engagement between the Department and its partners. The objectives of the Partners Platform are to:
  • Create a meaningful engagement between the Department and its partners on matters related to the achievement of SDG6
  • Create a forum for the DWS to share its Priorities, progress and challenges towards achieving SDG6
  • Afford Development Partners an opportunity to contribute towards the achievement of the country’s priorities on water as highlighted on the National Water and Sanitation Master Plan
  • Share projects supported by the Development Partners in South Africa
  • Ensure proper coordination of the support provided by Development Partners to the water and sanitation sector.
Date: 22 March 2019 Time: 08:30-13:00 Venue: Sheraton Hotel, Pretoria
Event info
Start date: March 22, 2019
End date: March 22, 2019
Organization: Department of Water and Sanitation

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