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Inspire Action

UN-Water coordinates the global thematic campaigns for the annual United Nations international observances on freshwater and sanitation: World Water Day and World Toilet Day. We also contribute to other engagement initiatives on key water-related issues, and communicate with audiences via UN-Water’s social media channels.


World Water Day, 22 March

World Water Day is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis. Leading up to 22 March, UN-Water runs a public campaign and people all over the world hold events. The United Nations World Water Development Report is launched on World Water Day itself, focusing on the same theme.


World Toilet Day, 19 November

World Toilet Day is about taking action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. The public campaign explores the same theme as World Water Day and promotes key findings from the UN World Water Development Report.


The Water Action Decade

The Water Action Decade is accelerating efforts towards meeting water-related challenges, including limited access to safe water and sanitation, increasing pressure on water resources, and an exacerbated risk of droughts and floods.

Water Action Agenda

The Water Action Agenda

The Water Action Agenda is created by all the voluntary commitments and partnerships being generated by the SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework. Explore existing actions here and register your own commitment.

Previous Campaigns

Every year, UN-Water-led campaigns focus on different aspects of the water cycle and the way water and sanitation connect with other sectors. Here you may explore the World Water Day and World Toilet Day archives.