Today, Monday 22nd March 2021, marks World Water Day. World Water Day is an annual United Nations Observance focusing on the importance of freshwater, coordinated by UN-Water and led by one or more UN-Water Members and Partners with a related mandate.
World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis. A core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.
This year’s theme for World Water Day, as announced by UN-Water, is ‘valuing water’. The aim of this theme is to create a more comprehensive understanding of how water is valued by different people in different contexts so we can safeguard this precious resource for everyone.
The central narrative of the campaign is designed to encourage people to contribute their stories, thoughts and experiences on the value of water. As UN-Water state perfectly:
“Water means different things to different people. This conversation is about what water means to you.
How is water important to your home and family life, your livelihood, your cultural practices, your wellbeing, your local environment?
In households, schools and workplaces, water can mean health, hygiene, dignity and productivity.
In cultural, religious and spiritual places, water can mean a connection with creation, community and oneself.
In natural spaces, water can mean peace, harmony and preservation.”UN-Water: The value of water (www.worldwaterday.org)
Today, water is under extreme threat from a growing population, increasing demands of agriculture and industry, and the worsening impacts of climate change.
As societies balance the demands on water resources, many people’s interests are not being taken into account.
How we value water determines how water is managed and shared. The value of water is about much more than its price – water has enormous and complex value for our households, culture, health, education, economics and the integrity of our natural environment.
As a global association, Wigmore place an incredibly high value of water and we see first hand the different meanings to different cultures, countries and individuals. Whether relying on it for our health, which has become especially prevalent during Covid-19 and the need for water in order to sanitise regularly and protect ourselves and our families, through to philanthropic work undertaken by Wigmore families, focusing on the provision of clean water and sanitisation to developing countries or even witnessing the value and importance of water in local environments and the importance of this for the preservation of the natural world.
Join us today in sharing or thinking about water means to you.
If we overlook any of these values, we risk mismanaging this finite, irreplaceable resource.UN-Water