World Day for Water
The United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution
A/RES/47/193 of 22 February 1993) by which 22 March
of each year was declared World Day for Water, to be observed
starting in 1993, in conformity with the recommendations
of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development
contained in chapter 18 (Fresh Water Resources) of Agenda
21. States were invited to devote the Day, as appropriate
in the national context, to concrete activities such as
the promotion of public awareness through the publication
and diffusion of documentaries and the organization of conferences,
round tables, seminars and expositions related to the conservation
and development of water resources and the implementation
of the recommendations of Agenda 21.
The theme for this year is Water for Life, 2005 - 2015.
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Inter American Water Day
Origin and Meaning
The Inter-American Water Day was created in 1992 by means
of a declaration signed by the Pan American Health Organization
(PAHO), the Inter-American Association of Sanitary and Environmental
Engineering (AIDIS) and the Caribbean Water And Wastewater
Association (CWWA). Its objective is to pay tribute to water
as the basis of our existence. We do this on the first
Saturday of October every year. The commemoration
of this special day highlights the importance of water for
the well-being, health and sustainable development of all
The meaning of this day expresses the existence of shared
values in all American countries, underlines the sense of
Pan-Americanism, and reinforces the collective interest
in water, life and health.
For more information visit the Inter-American
Water Day website.
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World Toilet Day
19 November was declared 'World Toilet Day' in 2001 by
17 toilet associations around the world. Since then there
has been established an annual World Toilet Summit and many
other regional conferences. Each toilet association has
also engaged in many activities promoting clean toilets
in their own respective country.
Since 2001, World Toilet Day has become a global platform
for academics, sanitation experts, toilet designers, environmentalists
etc. to share the latest on rural and urban toilets. Thi
The World Toilet Organisation asks each individual, in
their respective country, to request better equality (more
facilities for women); more accessibility & special
provisions (for the disabled & mothers with babies);
clean toilets (for everyone); and more toilets (for the
About World Toilet Organisation
The World Toilet Organisation has the following objectives:
- Establish a world body to coordinate and promote sanitation
- To continuously generate awareness for the importance
of a good toilet environment.
- To gather resources and promote creative development
in the Research & Development, Usage & Attitudes
and Aesthetics & Functionalities in Design for the
betterment of health in general.
- To propagate the need for better toilet standards in
both the developed and developing economies of the world.
- To provide and promote a community of all toilet associations,
related organizations and committed individuals to facilitate
an exchange of ideas, health and cultural matters.
- To collate, publish and disseminate information globally
in a timely and viable manner globally.
Information on World Toilet Day 2004 will be posted when
it becomes availalbe.
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World Consumer Rights Day
Consumers International (CI) has called upon the international
community to ensure that safe water and proper sanitation
reaches all of the world's six billion consumers. `Water
is a consumer right' is the theme of the World Consumer
Rights Day 2004, celebrated on 15 March.
Consumers International, which represents over 250 consumer
organisations in 115 countries, is asking all its member
organisations to take the message about water and sanitation
to their government and agencies.
The key facts about water are explained in CI's special
publication Waterworks: A consumer advocacy guide to water
and sanitation. The kit provides an overview of the key
issues that underpin the debates on water. It focuses on
the issues where consumer organisations are most vocal including
access, ownership, delivery, costs, public policies and
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