March 22, 2011
The theme of this year’s World Water Day is “Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge”. It aims to spotlight and encourage governments, organizations, communities, and individuals to actively engage in addressing the challenge of urban water management.
About World Water Day 2011
This is the first time in human history that most of the world’s population live in cities: 3.3 billion people …and the urban landscape continues to grow.
38% of the growth is represented by expanding slums, while the city populations are increasing faster than city infrastructure can adapt.
The objective of World Water Day 2011 is to focus international attention on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialization and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems.
The annual global observance of International World Water Day (WWD) is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNICED) that was held in Rio de Janeiro.