22/03/21Global Issues 

Today is World Water Day; join us online!

AquaFed is extremely proud to celebrate its 16th participation to "World Water Day" (url).

We have partnered up through UN-Water with a number of organisations, to push for better recognition of the high needs of implementation of the SDG6 agenda. But it is also a day to celebrate and give thanks!

Every year, the Water community comes together, under the leadership of UN-Water, and with full support of a huge range of stakeholders to celebrate water and wastewater stories and progress; and to mobilize, galvanize and federate all actors. It is a moment to give thanks, but also a moment to look forward, onwards and identify and acknowledge the huge challenges ahead of us and the great potential that lies in dialogue, shared vision, and in partnerships.

All over the world, AquaFed's members, Private Water Operators of water and wastewater services, execute on a daily basis their tasks to translate the human rights to water and sanitation into a reality for citizens, alongside their public authority counterparts, and alongside so many other actors and colleagues; public operators, unions, NGOs and community-organised institutions and individuals. Today is a day to celebrate and we look forward to lively debates. 

This year's theme is focusing  on "Valuing Water". AquaFed was privileged to work alongside a diverse spectrum of valued partners over the last months, including PSI and Women for Water to co-organised the campaign for this year and to have co-organised the listening exercice that we will report on later today.

Today, March 22, we celebrate jointly through a range of events that we are happy to invite you to:

  • In the framework of the World Water Day campaign, a global digital listening exercise has been conducted since October 2020. This digital campaign – #Water2me– aims to hear what people around the world are saying about the value of water and what water means to them. It sheds light on how water is important to their home, family, livelihood, cultural practices, wellbeing, and local environment. Voices’ have been collated into a summary available on World Water Day. Join the online discussion on World Water Day, 22 March 2021 | 15-16:30 CET to discuss with the panelists and the audience and comment on the value of water. (Register and follow here)
  • The official UN endorsed World Water Day events take place today at 1300 CET: https://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday2021/. Register to the event on the FAO website https://fao.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EfhV6cSATYS7CogOAPbq_g