World Water Day is March 22nd. This day, celebrated around the world, is focused on bringing attention to our most vital source of life: water. This year’s World Water Day theme is: Accelerating Change.
This World Water Day  is about accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis. And because water affects us all, we need everyone to take action. That means you! You and your family, school and community can make a difference by changing the way you use, consume and manage water in your lives. Your commitments will be added to the Water Action Agenda, to be launched at the UN 2023 Water Conference – the first event of its kind for nearly 50 years. This is a once-in-a-generation moment for the world to unite around water. Play your part. Do what you can.
Dysfunction throughout the water cycle is undermining progress on all major global issues, from health to hunger, gender equality to jobs, education to industry, disasters to peace.
Back in 2015, the world committed to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 as part of the 2030 Agenda – the promise that everyone would have safely managed water and sanitation by 2030.
Right now, we are seriously off-track. Billions of people and countless schools, businesses, healthcare centres, farms and factories are being held back because their human rights to water and sanitation have not yet been fulfilled.
We need to accelerate change – to go beyond ‘business as usual’. (source)
We asked the PWW team in Haiti to share a little about their plans for this year’s World Water Day:
Junior Seraphin, PWW’s WASH Training Coordinator in Haiti, will be leading this year’s WWD training event.
Participants will be religious leaders, teachers, school principals, and political leaders from the communities of Pistere, Déréal and Campeche, located in Limonade. It is expected that about 20 people will join in the day’s events.
(photo right from WWD 2022 – Junior pictured in middle)
Overview of the Event:
Junior will be sharing information about World Water Day – global day of awareness, established by the United Nations to emphasize the importance of water, which has taken place on March 22 each year since 1993.
World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the situation of the 2.2 billion people who live without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis. One of the main goals of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6: clean water and sanitation, for all by 2030.
In this context, Junior and the PWW team in Haiti have organized a conference debate focused on the following theme: “Accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis”.
The aim is to allow participants to better understand how the dysfunction of the water cycle jeopardizes the progress made with regard to all the major global problems, whether it be health, hunger, equality between men and women, access to employment, education, industry, disasters and even peace.
PWW will provide information to participants for deep discussion and encourage them to work within their communities in order to take small steps to change the way water is exploited, consumed and managed in their communities.
Discussions will include:
- How can each person engage with the water and sanitation crisis in their community?
- How can each person make improvements about the water is used, consumed and managed every day?
- What can each person do to help accelerate change?