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Valuing Water

Water means different things to different people.

This conversation is about what water means to you.

How is water important to your home and family life, your livelihood, your cultural practices, your wellbeing, your local environment?

In households, schools and workplaces, water can mean health, hygiene, dignity and productivity.

In cultural, religious and spiritual places, water can mean a connection with creation, community and oneself.

In natural spaces, water can mean peace, harmony and preservation.

Today, water is under extreme threat from a growing population, increasing demands of agriculture and industry, and the worsening impacts of climate change.

Tell us your stories, thoughts and feelings about water.

By recording - and celebrating - all the different ways water benefits our lives, we can value water properly and safeguard it effectively for everyone.

Join the conversation about what water means to you.

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World Water Day 2021 toolkit

The World Water Day 2021 toolkit contains everything you need to inspire your friends, family and colleagues:

  • Q&A on valuing water
  • Key campaign messages
  • Top facts

Download the toolkit in

Arabic, ChineseEnglish, French, Russian and Spanish.

What is being done?

Harnessing the power of rain
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Tracking water to make the most of it
In 2050, our planet will need to provide food for an estimated 9 to 10 billion people. In order to produce anything like that figure, we’re going to need a lot of water. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United ...
Secretary-General's message on World Water Day
This year’s World Water Day, with the theme “Valuing water”, asks: What does water mean to me? The value of water is profound and complex. There is no aspect of sustainable development that does not fundamentally rely upon it. For ...
United Nations World Water Development Report 2021
Water means different things to different people in different settings. By sharing all the different ways water benefits our lives, we can value water properly and safeguard it effectively for everyone. Valuing water appropriately is key to achieving the United ...
World Water Day pivot event
On 22 March, 2021, World Water Day will be celebrated in an online event. The World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the global water crisis, and a core focus of the observance is to support the achievement ...