World Water Day (WWD) is an annual United Nations Observance on March 22nd, started in 1993, focusing on the importance of water. It is coordinated by UN-Water and led by one or more UN-Water Members and Partners with a related mandate.
World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2 billion people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis. A core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.
The United Nations’ theme for 2024 is Water for Peace.
World Water Day in Michigan has been a coalition effort, led by the People's Water Board Coalition since 2015, and focuses on legislator awareness, along with community education and advocacy on Michigan's water issues by residents and grassroots organizations. #MIWorldWaterDay
The first Michigan World Water Day event in 2015 in Lansing and included a community hearing with House representatives. Residents from Detroit, Highland Park, and Flint organized buses to discuss water shutoffs, affordability problems, and contaminated drinking water, and public health problems. Over the years, World Water Day in Michigan has become a bigger event covering more topics and including communities from across the state.
If your community is organizing events World Water Day events in Michigan, has calendar information to share, or questions, please contact MIWorldWaterDay@gmail.com