World Water Day 2012
Thursday, March 22 is World Water Day. This is held annually as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. This international day was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED).
Most of us reading this have immediate access to freshwater, it’s a normal part of our daily lives. According to a UNICEF and the World Health Organization report, approximately 884 million people lack access to safe water supplies, that’s approximately one in eight people. Unfortunately each year the number becomes more alarming. Many non-profits and non-government organizations (NGOs) have been established to address this urgent and fundamental need.
Take a moment to consider the importance of freshwater in your life, and in the lives you might save by donating to a freshwater initiative: Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness; 3.575 million people each year diefrom water-related illnesses.
To learn more about World Water Day, visit UN-Water’s website at http://www.unwater.org.