World Water Day : on 22 March every year! Discover, learn and share!



World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. Visit the UN-Water Activity Information System - an online platform presenting and sharing information on water-related projects and learning initiatives from UN-Water's Members and Partners (FAO of the UN is among them!). Wherever you are and whatever you do on March 22, make it about water! 


Happy #WorldWaterDay! Did you know that forests supply 75% of the world’s accessible fresh water?

FAO is celebrating the 2017 World Water Day at its Headquarters in RomeThe event will coincide with the Global Symposium on Soil Organic Carbon and is also a part of the Symposium agenda due to the mutual synergies. 

Sustainable Development Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all (FAO initiatives and resources).

"Do what you can, do it with others, and do it with passion", - Guy Ryder, Chair of UN_Water, on the power of individuals to change the world ( 


World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.

Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater

  • ...
  • in 2017 "Wastewater
  • in 2018 "Nature-based Solutions for Water"
  • ...

More on FAOs' work on Wastewater Treatment and reuse >>

Visit the official world Water Day Website >>

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The UN-Water Activity Information System (UNW-AIS) is an online platform to present and share information on water-related projects and learning initiatives from UN-Water's 31 Members and 38 Partners (the FAO of the UN is among them!*).

The platform has been developed and is being maintained by the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC).

UNW-AIS was designed for UN-Water's Members and Partners as well as for a broader audience including policy makers, water professionals, researchers and those from higher education for sharing information and knowledge from global to local level.

The two core components of the UNW-AIS relate to projects and learning activities (both face to face and distance).

UNW-AIS also contains results from several project mappings conducted under the auspices of UN-Water Task Forces, Thematic Priority Areas and the GEF IW:Science initiative.

UNW-AIS contributes to the UN effort to 'deliver as one' by covering the whole water and sanitation sector from global to local level.

In particular, UNW-AIS offers

  • A searchable global database with more than 600 water projects and 3,500 project-related documents
  • A pool of learning materials and a platform currently hosting around  20 joint training activities of UN-Water members and partners
  • A user-friendly interface for displaying, updating and exporting data
  • An open source modular IT architecture

Watch the video tutorial to explore UNW-AIS main features

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Source: The UN-Water Activity Information System (UNW-AIS)


* How the FAO of the UN addresses WATER ISSUE in AGRICULTURE:

FAO's Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture:

In 2016,  FAO and the Kingdom of Morocco organized an Agriculture and Food Security Action Event which marked the unveiling of three new initiatives to showcase the enormous potential of the agriculture sector for climate actions, including "Coping with water scarcity in agriculture: a global framework for action in a changing climate".

More on FAO Land and Water at COP22

More on the Global framework

Download the Global framework concept note

Boosting food yields with water harvesting: 

Judicious combinations of high-performing water-harvesting techniques can increase yields in rain-fed farming areas and provide farmers with an important buffer against climate change, according to an assessment released today by FAO of 42 water-harvesting practices in Burkina Faso, Morocco and Uganda. 

More on the report

Download the report 

FAO - Aquacrop 

The crop water productivity model developed by the Land and Water Division of FAO now has a set of 43 training videos which have been developed to help users to learn how to use AquaCrop and its practical applications. Each video focuses on a specific feature of the model to allow users to select the training module which best fits their needs.

View the videos



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