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.

What is being done?

Mediterranean Water Heroes Youth Contest ‘Valuing Water’
Youth has an important role to play in working towards regional water security and increased water awareness. Young people are involved in innovative water-related projects and research around the Mediterranean and are key to securing a more sustainable water future ...
Every Waterdrop Counts!
UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina has launched “Every Waterdrop Counts!” Initiative, which aspires to raise awareness about the enormous importance of water, water consumption and water saving among young people across the country. Moreover, the Initiative aims to showcase the ...
UN Special Rapporteur - human rights to water and sanitation
In this short video to promote World Water Day 2021, Pedro Arrojo-Agudo, the new UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation, reflects on the many different values that water has to us. Mr Arrojo-Agudo poses questions ...
New report on ‘Valuing Water, Enabling Change’
Water is a critical linchpin for the climate, environment, and resilience agenda. It is vital to protecting and replenishing natural, human, and economic capital. Today, our work is more important than ever as water is central to preventing and combating ...
Youth as champions for valuing water
In late 2020, young people joined a ‘pitch-a-thon’ event in the Netherlands, putting forward their own ideas on how best we can value water today.