On World Water Day, OOSKAnews Inc. applauds all of our readers in the water families -- from the pubic and private sectors, academia, financing agencies, NGOs, think tanks, policy and research institutes, the scientific community, and on-the-ground practitioners -- for your efforts to raise awareness of and develop solutions for the global water crisis, and to bring sustainable access to water and sanitation for all. Let's all continue working to reach the more than 650 million people worldwide who still lack access to clean water and the 2.5 billion people -- including almost one billion children -- who live without even basic sanitation.
This year’s World Water Day, held under the theme “Water and Jobs,” focuses on how sufficient quantity and quality of water changes lives and livelihoods, and transform societies and economies.
Here is a small sample of events and other ways to participate in World Water Day 2016:
- Water and Sustainability: A Hydro Nation Approach -- A cross-disciplinary event sponsored by the University of Strathclyde, the University of Dundee, the Scottish Government and the International Water Resources Association and livestreamed internationally for those who cannot attend in person.
- White House Water Summit -- A livestreamed event hosted by the US administration that aims to raise awareness of water issues and potential solutions in the United States, and to catalyze ideas and actions to help build a sustainable and secure water future through innovative science and technology.
- United Nations ESCAP Commemoration of World Water Day 2016 -- An event to be held on March 23, 2016 at UNCC in Bangkok.
- Smart Aid: World Water Day 2016 -- Join WaterAid America and the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s (MCC) WASH experts to learn about water-related investments in Jordan, Zambia, and Cabo Verde.
- Absolut Elyx World Water Day Supper Club -- Luxury vodka brand Absolut Elyx has teamed up with chef Anna Barnett for a supper club event to mark World Water Day.
- Announcement of 2016 Stockholm International Water Prize -- The 2016 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate will be announced by SIWI’s Executive Director, Torgny Holmgren, at the World Water Day celebrations in Geneva, and in Stockholm.
- Announcement of 2016 Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize -- Renowned hydrogeologist John Anthony Cherry, Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, has won the 2016 Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize.
- Go #Blue4Water – Ways to raise awareness and show your support for the 650 million people worldwide who still don’t have access to safe, clean water, as part of the Millennium Water Alliance’s #Blue4Water Movement.
- Help to give water to 100,000 people with One Water – Information on how to help OneWater meet their goal of raising nearly $600,000 USD to fund life-changing water projects for 100,000 of the world’s poorest people.
-David Duncan, Publisher and CEO, OOSKAnews, Inc.