Theme World Water Day 2019 is ‘Leaving no one behind’

Leaving no one behind is the theme of World Water Day 2019. Illustration: UN Water. 

About 1.8 billion people have no access to clean and safe drinking water and sanitation. They are forced to use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting serious illnesses. The objective of World Water Day 2019 providing people that are left behind, like for instance refugees, with clean water and safe toilets.

People from different groups are left behind for different reasons. Until now water interventions fail to reach those most in need. These people need greater representation in political and other decision-making processes, either directly or through civil society organisations with a clear mandate from those they represent. This is why public awareness and empowerment of communities is critical to enable the human rights to water and sanitation to be realized.

World Water Day is organized annually the 22th of March by UN Water. During this day globally many events are taking place to create awareness of the theme that is always related to water. On World Water Day UN-Water releases the World Water Development Report focusing on the same topic as the campaign. Also the World Water Week in Stockholm is focusing on the same theme.

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