Photo: FAO 5752Why is the theme of World Water Day 2007 “Coping with water scarcity”?

Water use has been growing at more than the rate twice of population increase in the last century, and an increasing number of regions are chronically short of water. By 2025, 1 800 million people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world population could be under stress conditions. As population continues to grow, and increasingly relies on water for its development, the crisis is reaching global dimensions and requires action at all levels to address the problem. This is why UN-Water has identified the theme “Coping with water scarcity” as one of its priorities for the decade “Water for life 2005-2015. World Water Day 2007 is an opportunity to reflect on the subject, and promote active participation by everybody in addressing this global challenge.

Do I need to register to participate in WWD 2007?

World Water Day is an opportunity for everyone to get involved and celebrate together this important day on the 22nd of March. You don't have to be a part of an organization to be a part of the Day, but if you want to celebrate the World Water Day 2007 in your country and let everybody know about the event you are planning to organise, you can directly add it to the calendar, by filling in the event proposal form

PDF: Coping With Water Scarcity: UN-Water Thematic InitiativeIs there any available documentation for WWD 2007?

For the moment, you can download the brochure Coping With Water Scarcity: UN-Water Thematic Initiative which introduces the issue and presents the activities of UN agencies to cope with water scarcity. Later, more information material will be made available on the web site, and we suggest that you consult the web site regularly as we are approaching world water day.

Photo: FAO 8457Can you provide financial assistance for my project? Where can I find funding for my projects and activities?

World water day celebration is not a funding mechanism and no provision is made for funding of individual events. However, should you have specific request for project funding, you are welcome to submit them to, and we will forward them to possible donors, but without any guarantee of success. We also encourage you to contact your national institution or donor organisations in your country for additional help.

How do I find out what is happening in my Country?

Visit our web-site on our “Event´s Calendar” for more information about what's going on in your Country and all over the World!

Photo: FAO 6025Is there an official message for WWD 2007?

The Official message from UN Organizations on the occasion of World Water Day 2007 will be made available on the occasion of World Water day. Information material containing the main messages related to this year´s theme will be made available on as they are produced. We suggest that you check the web site regularly to be informed about new information material.

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