World Water Day in 2021 is about "what water means to people, its true value and how we can better protect this vital resource".

From the World Water Day 2021 toolkit:
"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."

World Water Day 2021 therefore looks at "valuing water" from 5 different perspectives:

  • Valuing natural water resources and ecosystems
  • Valuing water infrastructure: storage, treatment and supply
  • Valuing water services: drinking water, sanitation and health services (WASH)
  • Valuing water as an input to production and socio-economic activity: agriculture, energy, business
  • Valuing water in culture, recreation an spirituality

World Water in the News

Institutions involved in water and sanitation - governance

  • UN Water
    Over 30 UN organisations carry out water and sanitation programmes. UN-Water’s role is to coordinate the UN response to water related challenges.
  • FAO Water
    A subsite for the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation FAO.
  • World Bank - Water
    The World Bank is the world’s largest multilateral source of financing for water in developing countries.
  • The World Water Council
    The World Water Council is an international multi-stakeholder platform, bringing people together through active hydro-diplomacy, exploring new ideas and concepts and discussing issues while encouraging exchanges and networking. It organizes the World Water Forums.
  • World Water Forum
    This is a very big event, taking place every three years since 1997.

  • World Water Week
    Every year in August, the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) organizes the World Water Week. It links researchers with policy makers and fosters partnerships among different actors in the water sector. Next edition: 26 August – 31 August, 2018.

Data collections

International Water Law

  • The International Water Law Project is a website dedicated international water law and policy issues. It covers treaties, case law and institutions, and is very resourceful on articles and news updates related to international water resources.
  • The Statement on water and sustainable development (1992), made at the International Conference on Water and Environment. In this "Dublin Statement, the principle of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) has been an accepted as the rationale to drive interventions and development in the water sector.