22 Mar 2024

World Water Day, celebrated on 22 March every year since 1993, focuses on the importance of freshwater. A core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030. The theme of World Water Day 2024 is ‘Water for Peace’.

About World Water Day

World Water Day is celebrated each year on 22 March. It aims to raise 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.

Today, water is under extreme threat from a growing population, increasing demands of agriculture and industry, and the worsening impacts of climate change. As societies balance the demands on water resources, many people’s interests are not being taken into account.

2024 Theme: Water for Peace

World Water Day 2024 is celebrated under the theme ‘Water for peace’. Water can create peace or spark conflict. When water is scarce or polluted, or when people have unequal, or no access, tensions can rise between communities and countries. More than 3 billion people worldwide depend on water that crosses national borders. Yet, only 24 countries have cooperation agreements for all their shared water. As climate change impacts increase, and populations grow, there is an urgent need, within and between countries, to unite around protecting and conserving our most precious resource. Public health and prosperity, food and energy systems, economic productivity and environmental integrity all rely on a well-functioning and equitably managed water cycle.

WWD 2024 stresses how when we cooperate on water, we create a positive ripple effect – fostering harmony, generating prosperity and building resilience to shared challenges. We must act upon the realization that water is not only a resource to be used and competed over – it is a human right, intrinsic to every aspect of life. This World Water Day, we all need to unite around water and use water for peace, laying the foundations of a more stable and prosperous tomorrow.

Role of Geneva

In Geneva, water is discussed in various fora (human rights, humanitarian, health, meteorology, disaster prevention, nature conservation, economy, peace, pollution, etc.) and numerous organizations (UN, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, business organizations, academic) focus on water issues, making this region a strategic hub for global water governance.

Events

H2O – The story of water | Visual, sonic and virtual city art-walk

21- 24 March 2024

Planète Bleue

Water-related activities such as sound, mapping, video, and augmented reality installations in various locations in the city center of Geneva

Water as a catalyst for cooperative climate action and peace

22 March 2024 | 10:00–11:30 CET WMO Headquarters | Room Obasi

Slovenia, World Meteorological Organization, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Geneva Water Hub

Balade le long de la Drize - Journée mondiale de l'eau

22 March 2024 | 12:00 -14:00 CET

Office cantonal de l’eau

Global Ceremony | Building Peace through Water Cooperation

UNESCO and UNECE on behalf of UN-Water.

Ecumene Discussion Club Geneva Roundtables | Water: Time to Build Bridges

22 March 2024 | 13:00–14:30 CET | Palais des Nations, Room XXVI

Ecumene Discussion Club Geneva

UNITAR Global Water Academy Conference: World Water Day

Palais des Nations | Room V & Online | Zoom

UNITAR

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