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.


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?

Water and Sanitation: One message - Accelerate!
Water is essential for the survival and productivity of all life and ecosystems. With less than 10 years to go to achieve the Global Goals, we need an immediate and integrated response to improve progress on Sustainable Development Goal 6 ...
Celebration of World Water Day 2021 – Valuing Water
In a public campaign driven primarily through social media channels, and using simple questions and shareable resources, the general public was encouraged to give their views on water or to join conversations already in progress. By participants tagging their social ...
Our planet is so profoundly dependent on water that when scientists search for the possibility of life on other planets, they search first for evidence of water. Still too often we take water for granted. As a result, we waste ...
IOM wash
IOM - the International Organization for Migration - have reached out to migrant, internally displaced, refugee and nomad communities to ask what water means to them. The answers given show that water is valued for its numerous benefits including livelihoods ...
4th human rights youth challenge
This year's Human Rights Youth Challenge invites young people aged 16 to 24 to produce a short video on “the impact of climate change on the human rights to drinking water and sanitation”. The video can be 2-5 minutes long ...