UN-Water’s campaigns

Every year, UN-Water coordinates the United Nations international observances on freshwater and sanitation. Depending on the official UN theme of the campaign, they are led by one or more UN-Water Members and Partners with a related mandate. On World Water Day, UN-Water releases the UN World Water Development Report focusing on the same topic as the campaign.

22 March

World Water Day is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. Today, 2 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.

19 November

World Toilet Day is a day to tackle the global sanitation crisis – a topic often neglected and shrouded in taboos. Today, 3.6 billion people are struggling to stay well, keep their children alive and work their way to a better future – all for the want of a toilet.

SDG 6 Action Space

Everyone has a role in solving the water and sanitation crisis.

By recording and sharing actions we can review progress and use the latest evidence on what works, learn quickly from failure and adapt to changing realities. Take action here.

Water Action Decade

In response to the ambitious 2030 Agenda, the Water Action Decade will accelerate efforts towards meeting water-related challenges, including limited access to safe water and sanitation, increasing pressure on water resources and ecosystems, and an exacerbated risk of droughts and floods.

Official themes and previous campaigns

2022: World Water Day and World Toilet Day –  Groundwater – Coordinators: UNESCO, IGRAC. Task Force: FAO, IAEA, IAH, IRC, IWA, IWMI, IWRA, OHCHR, RWSN, SIWI, UNDP, UN ECE, UNEP, UN ESCWA, UNICEF, WaterAid, WEF, WMO, and World Water Council.

2021: World Water Day –  Valuing water – Coordinators: FAOAquafed, PSI Task Force: IFAD,  ILO, OHCHR, UNDESA, UNESCOUN Habitat,  UNICEF, WHO, UN Global CompactSWA, GWP, IWMI, Water.org, WfWp, Government of the Netherlands | World Toilet Day – Valuing Toilets – Coordinators: UNICEF, WHO, Task Force: FAO, ILO, IOM, OHCHR, UNDP, UN Women, UN Global CompactSWA, Aquafed, CAWST, IHE Delft, IRC WASH, IWMI, WaterAid, WWF.

2020: World Water Day –  Climate Change – Coordinators: WMOUNECEUNESCO, Task Force:  FAOGWPIRCUNESCO IHPUNESCO WWAP,  UNICEF | World Toilet Day Coordinators: WMOUNECEUNESCO Task Force: UNICEF, WHOWaterAid, World Toilet Organization, WSSCC,

2019: World Water Day –  Leaving No One Behind (Human Rights and Refugees) | World Toilet Day – Coordinators: OHCHRUNHCR, Task Force: AquafedUN Global Compact, FAOILOSWAUCLGUNCCDUNDPUNESCOUN Habitat, UNICEF, UNU, UN WomenWater LexWSSCC

2018: World Water Day – Nature for Water – Coordinators: CBDUN Environment, UNESCO | World Toilet Day – When nature calls – Coordinators: WSSCC,UNDP,UNICEF UNU, WHOILO | Water Action Decade

2018: Launch of the Water Action Decade 2018-2028

2017: World Water Day – WastewaterWorld Toilet Day – Wastewater – Coordinators: UNEP, UN Habitat, UNU, WHO 

2016: World Water Day – Water and Jobs | World Toilet Day – Toilets and Jobs – Coordinator: ILO

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

2014: World Water Day –  Water and Energy – Coordinators: UNIDO, UNU | World Toilet Day – Equality and Dignity – Coordinators: UNU, UN Habitat

2013: World Water Day – Water Cooperation –  Coordinator: UNESCO

2012: World Water Day – Water and Food Security –  Coordinator: FAO

2011: World Water Day – Water for Cities –  Coordinator: UN Habitat

2010: World Water Day –  Water Quality

2009: World Water Day –  Transboundary Waters –  Coordinators: FAO, UNECE, UNESCO

2008: World Water Day –  International Year of Sanitation –  Coordinator: UNDESA

2007: World Water Day –  Water Scarcity –  Coordinator: FAO

2006: World Water Day –  Water and Culture –  Coordinator: UNESCO

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

2004: World Water Day –  Water and Disasters –  Coordinators: UNISDRWMO

2003: World Water Day –  Water for the Future – Coordinator: UN Environment

2002: World Water Day – Water for Development –  Coordinator: IAEA

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

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

1999: World Water Day – Everyone lives downstream –  Coordinator: UN Environment

1998: World Water Day – Groundwater, the invisible resource –  Coordinators: UN DESAUNICEF

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

1996: World Water Day – Water for Thirsty Cities Coordinator: UN Habitat

1995: World Water Day – Women and Water

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