We must treat water as if it were the most precious thing in the World, the most valuable natural resources. Be economical with water! Don't waste it! We still have time to d something about this problem before it is too late.
- Mikhail Gorbachev
Since 1993, the 22nd of March has been set aside by the United Nations as the World Water Day, to draw attention to the importance for advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater and clean water both at international and local levels. In many parts of the world, accessibility to a clean supply of water is extremely limited, this most basic of necessities and sustenance.
This year's theme aims to highlight the interdependence of water and energy; utilizing water to generate energy and likewise; utilizing energy during the process of water purification. Ultimately, efforts on this day go towards facilitating the development of policies and crosscutting frameworks that bridge ministries and sectors, leading the way to energy security and sustainable water use in a green economy.
In support of the above, we at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), urge the youth and our extensive network of youth councils, to support initiatives and endeavours within their immediate communities, which drive for the conservation of energy and the delivery of safe drinking water wherever it is inadequate. Let us strive to ensure adequate sanitation and the implementation of green technologies within our communities.
This year, efforts on World Water Day, aim to contribute to a policy dialogue that focuses on the broad range of issues related to the interdependence of water and energy and identify key stakeholders in the water-energy nexus in order to actively engage them in further developing the water-energy linkages. This will ultimately allow them to make relevant contributions to the post-2015 discussions in relation to the water-energy interdependence.
To quote Margaret Atwood "Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does."
We at WAY we wish you all a Happy World Water Day!