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The International Decade for Action: Water for Life 2005-2015

Woman carrying water in a bucket

The primary goal of the The UN International Decade for Action: Water for Life 2005-2015 is to promote efforts to fulfill international commitments made on water and water-related issues by 2015. The 10-year period is critical. It is time to intensify advocacy efforts and action on the ground. Relevant commitments include the Millennium Development targets to reduce by half the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015. The water target was reiterated at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, Johannesburg, South Africa, where a sanitation target was added.

Achieving these targets will directly affect the lives and prospects of billions of people around the globe. A special emphasis will be placed on ensuring the involvement of women in these development efforts.

World Water Day (WWD) occurs each year on March 22nd.

In 2005, World Water Day coincided with the launch of the International Decade for Action, ‘Water for Life’, 2005-2015.

World Water Day 2007

Coping with water scarcity

World Water Day 2007

Water scarcity: A serious health issue

21 March 2007 -- A lack of water to meet daily needs is a reality for many people around the world and has serious health consequences. Globally, water scarcity already affects four out of every 10 people. The situation is getting worse due to population growth, urbanization and increased domestic and industrial water use.

Water Scarcity: Resource sheet

World Water Day 2006

Water and culture: resource sheet

World Water Day 2005

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