New York, 22 March 2023 (TDI): World Water Day 2023 is being observed today around the world, coinciding with the start of the United Nations (UN) 2023 Water Conference (March 22-24, New York).

The conference is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to unite the world around solving the water and sanitation crisis.

Additionally, the national governments and stakeholders from all levels of society will collaborate to make voluntary commitments to accelerating progress on SDG 6 and other internationally-agreed water-related goals and targets.

UN recognizes the significance of this event and supports the global effort to ensure access to clean water and sanitation for all.

According to the UN, more than 2 billion people lack access to safe drinking water, and more than 4 billion people lack access to safely managed sanitation services.

The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the importance of access to clean water and sanitation for the prevention and control of infectious diseases. The UN has committed to doing its part in addressing the global water crisis.

Through sustainable practices and initiatives, it aims to reduce water consumption, preserve water quality, and increase awareness about the importance of responsible water use.

AntĂłnio Guterres, UN Secretary-General, said, “the UN 2023 Water Conference in March must result in a bold Water Action Agenda that gives our world’s lifeblood the commitment it deserves”.

What is World Water Day?

Every year since 1993, World Water Day (22 March) raises awareness and inspires action to tackle the water and sanitation crisis. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water.

Moreover, UN observance has been coordinated by UN-Water. The theme was proposed in advance by UN-Water. It has aligned with the annual publication of the UN World Water Development Report, published by UNESCO on behalf of UN-Water.