Celebration of World Water week from March 22nd-29th
On March 22, events in the US, India, and around the world celebrate clean water. It’s aim to focus international attention on the importance of freshwater and to take concrete steps for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. concrete steps for the sustainable management of freshwater resources . we are taking a week to celebrate the 200 million people who have gained access to safe water over the past 10 years.
People from hundreds of villages and slums all over the world will join elected officials, international organizations and community leaders to recognize the importance of water, sanitation and hygiene. They gather to celebrate the improvements made in their villages and rally support for future efforts.
March 22 was first deemed World Water Day in 1993 by the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) as an international day of observance and action to draw attention to the role that freshwater plays in our world and lives. Today’s reality is that one in eight people in the world don’t have access to safe water, 1.1 billion people rely on unsafe drinking-water sources and millions of women and children must still spend several hours a day collecting water from distant, often polluted sources and 2.5 billion people live without a toilet.
Worldwide water quality is declining mainly due to human activities. Increasing population growth, rapid urbanisation, discharge of new chemicals from industries and invasive species.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 4 billion diarrhoea cases each year in addition to millions of other cases of illness are associated with lack of access to water and. Per year 2,2 million people die in diarrhoea most of them are children under the age of five and nearly 80% of childhood diseases are related to bad water.
So many World Water Day events , awareness programmes and fund raising are held around the world on 22 March. There will be thousands of Toilet Queues organised all over the world from 22-29 March 2010. It is a Guinness World Record attempt to help solve the global sanitation crisis.