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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. Explore the World Water Day and World Toilet Day archives or click on the links below.

2023: World Water Day - Accelerating Change | World Toilet Day - Accelerating Change

2022: World Water Day – Groundwater | World Toilet Day –  Sustainable Sanitation and Groundwater

2021: World Water Day – Valuing Water | World Toilet Day – Valuing Toilets

2020: World Water Day – Water and Climate Change | World Toilet Day – Sustainable Sanitation and Climate Change

2019: World Water Day – Leaving No One Behind | World Toilet Day – Leaving No One Behind

2018: World Water Day – The Answer is in Nature | World Toilet Day – When nature calls

2018: Water Action Decade 2018-2028

2017: World Water Day – Why Waste Water? | World Toilet Day – Wastewater

2016: World Water Day – Better Water, Better Jobs | World Toilet Day – Toilets and Jobs

2015: World Water Day –  Water and Sustainable Development  | World Toilet Day – Toilets and Nutrition

2014: World Water Day –  Water and Energy | World Toilet Day – Equality and Dignity

2013: World Water Day – Water Cooperation

2012: World Water Day – Water and Food Security

2011: World Water Day – Water for Cities

2010: World Water Day –  Water Quality

2009: World Water Day –  Transboundary Waters

2008: World Water Day –  International Year of Sanitation

2007:  World Water Day –  Water Scarcity

2006: World Water Day –  Water and Culture

2005: World Water Day –  Water for Life 2005-2015

2004: World Water Day –  Water and Disasters

2003: World Water Day –  Water for the Future

2002: World Water Day – Water for Development

2001: World Water Day – Water for Health, Taking Charge

2000: World Water Day – Water for the 21st Century

1999: World Water Day – Everyone Lives Downstream

1998: World Water Day – Groundwater, the Invisible Resource

1997: World Water Day – The World’s Water, Is There Enough?

1996: World Water Day – Water for Thirsty Cities

1995: World Water Day – Women and Water

1994: World Water Day – Caring for Water Resources is Everybody’s Business