Water is an essential building block of life. It is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health; water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development. World Water Day tries to remind people about the significance of fresh water and to promote sustainability for fresh water resources' management. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future.
When the 2030 Agenda was adopted in 2015 by the UN, all countries and stakeholders set out an ambitious agenda envisaging a world free of poverty, hunger and disease. A world where all life can thrive and where no one is left behind. At a time of immense global challenges poverty, inequalities, natural disasters, humanitarian crises and forced displacement the 2019 edition of World Water Day looks at why people have been left behind and how access to water and sanitation and sustainable water management can be drivers of change.
World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about focusing attention on the importance of water. This year’s theme, ‘Leaving no one behind’, adapts the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit.
Sustainable Development Goal 6 is crystal clear: water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behind. But today, billions of people are still living without safe water their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive. Marginalized groups women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need.
Today, billions of people are still living without safe water, which means ‘safely managed drinking water service’: water that is accessible on the premises, available when needed, and free from contamination. Their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive.
The World Assembly of Youth (WAY), will continue to urge young people and our extensive network of youth councils to support innovative programmes, activities and events within their immediate communities, which help the conservation of energy and the delivery of safe drinking water wherever it is inadequate.
It is therefore on each one of us to maintain and improve the quality and quantity of fresh water available to future generations and leaving no one behind.