The United Nations General Assembly declared March 22, 1993 the first World Water Day. This year, the event is coordinated by FAO (UN Food and Agriculture Organization); appropriately, the theme is Water and Food Security: The World is Thirsty Because We are Hungry. About 70% of the water we “drink” is actually through the food we eat. Abundant water is needed to grow crops and raise livestock for consumption; with the world’s water supply shrinking or becoming more contaminated, hunger is a very real current and future water supply-related threat.
For more about World Water Day:
- World Water Day 2012 is a site that coordinates updates and events for World Water Week (through March 24).
- Youtube hosts an educational video in several languages.
- Greening the Blue, a UNEP (UN Environment Programme), presents an informative video and other information on food security and water.
- Red Cross is one of the main NGOs participating this year, focusing on water and sanitation in the context of armed conflict.