World Water Day grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. World Water Day in 2005 marked the beginning of the UN International Decade for Action on water.
The Water for Life Decade 2005-2015 puts the spotlight on water-related programmes and the participation of women. The Decade is also hoping to increase the efforts for achieving international water-related goals and the United Nations Millennium Declaration.
World Water Day is celebrated on March 22 and inspires events across the world which draw attention to the need for ‘clean water for a healthy world’.
The objective of World Water Day 2011 is to focus international attention on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialization and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems.
This year the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) will join UN-HABITAT and UN-Water in co-organizing World Water Day (WWD) 2011. The global observance of WWD 2011, to be hosted by the Government of South Africa in Cape Town, in close cooperation with the City of Cape Town and the West Cape Provincial Government.
The theme of World Water Day 2011 is ‘ Water and Urbanization’, it provides a good opportunity to discuss a range of options for tackling urban water and sanitation challenges facing the African continent.
World Water Day 2011 will take place from March 20 – 22 at the Cape Town International Conference Center. On March 20 and 21 many organisations will have parallel and side events.
During all three days a dedicated Exhibit / Fair will feature key international as well a national organisations and companies presenting their activities on ‘Water and Urbanization.’
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