Thursday, January 26, 2012
World Water Day
The vast supply of water in first world countries like the US makes people neglect water tanks because they always have a steady supply of water. Water is the most important natural resource, yet it is taken for granted by people. Nations that are not so rich would probably desire a water tank so that they could have a good supply of water for their needs.
Through World Water Day, people would remember water as a vital natural resource. The United Nations General Assembly has affirmed March 22 as the day that all should celebrate water. It was institutionalized in 1993
A celebration like this persuades all individuals to not turn on their water taps for this day so that our most important natural resource shall be saved. The UN comes up with themes each year in order to involve each country in observing this important event. For example, the theme is water and how it affects our world.
A great number of organizations across the globe are there to help the UN with this event. These agencies work hard to attract the attention of governments and various people’s groups in order to promote clean water and the conservation of aquatic habitats around the world. Starting in 1997, the World Water Forum has participated in whatever the World Water Council has conducted.
With the forum they discussed why many people could still not have clean and safe water. An issue like this is something that we should be bothered by due to the fact that wealthy nations don’t really give much of an appreciation to clean water. What the Council did was to have an annual report about the status of water in various parts of the world.
Back in 2001 the theme was “Water for Health”, then in 2002 it became “Water for Development”, when 2003 came it was now “Water for Future” and then there where different themes each year until the latest one in 2011, which was “Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge”. The topics that are chosen are looked into meticulously before they really become the theme. From them, important messages and reports were circulated among governments and different agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO), and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), among many others.