World water day 2013 - focusing water cooperation

World water day 2013 - focusing on water cooperation

4:52 AM, 22nd March 2013
World water day 2013 - focusing on water cooperation

NEW YORK, US: World Water Day is held every year on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. In 2013, in reflection of the International Year of Water Cooperation, World Water Day is also dedicated to the theme of ‘water cooperation’ and is coordinated by UNESCO in collaboration with UNECE and UNDESA on behalf of UN-Water.

The theme, water cooperation is a foundation for peace and sustainable development. Water cooperation contributes to poverty reduction and equity, creates economic benefits, helps preserve water resources and protect the environment, and builds peace. The fulfilment of basic human needs, our environment, socio-economic development and poverty reduction are all heavily dependent on water.

On the occasion of World Water Day, celebrations and events are taking place worldwide. People all around the world take action to raise awareness on water issues and improve the management of our water resources. Water is a shared resource and its management needs to take into account a wide variety of conflicting interests. This provides opportunities for cooperation among users.

In designating 2013 as the UN International Year of Water Cooperation, the UNGA recognizes that cooperation is essential to strike a balance between the different needs and priorities and share this precious resource equitably, using water as an instrument of peace. Promoting water cooperation implies an interdisciplinary approach bringing in cultural, educational and scientific factors, as well as religious, ethical, social, political, legal, institutional and economic dimensions.

© United Nations News

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