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World Water Day

World Water Day, held on 22 March every year since 1993, is an annual United Nations Observance focusing on the importance of freshwater. 

 

World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis. A core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030. 

 

Every year, UN-Water — the UN’s coordination mechanism on water and sanitation — sets the theme for World Water Day. In 2023, the focus was on Accelerating Change. In 2024, the theme will be Leveraging Water for Peace.


Key facts:


  • Today, 1 in 3 people live without safe drinking water.

  • By 2050, up to 5.7 billion people could be living in areas where water is scarce for at least one month a year.

  • Climate-resilient water supply and sanitation could save the lives of more than 360,000 infants every year.

  • If we limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, we could cut climate-induced water stress by up to 50%.

  • Extreme weather has caused more than 90% of major disasters over the last decade.

  • By 2040, global energy demand is projected to increase by over 25% and water demand is expected to increase by more than 50%.

  • 70% of the world’s freshwater is used for agriculture in irrigation, fertilizer and pesticide application, crop cooling, and frost control.

  • Drip irrigation is the only sustainable irrigation method in terms of water consumption, fertilizer and pesticide application.

  • By adopting drip irrigation not only you drastically reduce water and chemicals consumption but you also increase your crop yield.

 

Source: United Nations

 


 

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