World Water Day – 22 March 2017

UNESCO and its UK designations will be celebrating the United Nations World Water Day on 22 March 2017.

Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect on the importance of freshwater and its potential contribution to the sustainable development agenda. Under the theme “Water and Wastewater,” the 2017 celebrations are focussing on the significance of managing wastewater to demonstrate its importance as an undervalued and sustainable source of water.

UNESCO has announced it is launching the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR) 2017, Wastewater, the Untapped Resource, on World Water Day 2017. The Report aims to inform policy and decision makers on the importance of managing wastewater as a resource, and its undervalued use as a sustainable source of water, energy, nutrients and other recoverable by-products.

The Report is coordinated by the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) in collaboration with the UN agencies and entities which make up UN-Water, working in partnership with governments, international organisations, NGOs and other stakeholders. UK Staff at the Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science at the University of Dundee (a UNESCO Category 2 Centre) provided their expertise to co-author a chapter on Regulation.

Find out more information on the Report and the Day here.