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22 March 1993: Celebration of the first World Water Day

Indonesian children enjoy clean water given by local charity.
Indonesian children enjoy clean water given by local charity. / EFE
  • The day to be mindful of how we use water was officially designated on March 22 1993, after it was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference in Rio de Janeiro

A recent study has revealed that Spain is the third country that loses the highest amount of water in Europe, wasting around 25 per cent. This figure, compared to nearby countries such as Portugal, which wastes 18 per cent and Germany, which wastes just 7 per cent, is relatively high.

After World Water Day was inaugurated in 1993, the following years all focused around a theme to do with fresh water. In 1994, the theme was 'Caring for our Water Resources is Everybody's Business'. Some other prominent themes thoughout the years have been 'Women and Water', 'Water for the 21st Century' and 'Water for Thirsty Cities'. The theme of 2019 is 'Leaving no one behind' and it is about addressing the reasons why marginalised groups - women, children, refugees, indigenous people, disabled people - are often overlooked, and may face discrimination, as they try to access safe water.

In Spain, the events that take place to celebrate and promote this day are usually educational. They take the form of talks in schoos and work places, that aim to educate people on the importance of water preservation. Sometimes they also explore the health benefits of water, and the obvious issues that come with not having direct access to fresh, clean water.

The University of Malaga also helps to promote this day in the city, encouraging students to think about their water usage, and be more responsable.

This World Water Day an InterEcoForum conference is being held in Marbella. The aim of the forum is to discuss water and the involvement it has in sustainable development. The subject of the upcoming conference is not accidental. 2018-2028 was declared by the United Nations General Assembly as an International Decade for Action, with a focus on water for sustainable development.

Water is at the core of sustainable development. It is vital for socio-economic development, healthy ecosystems and for human survival itself. This World Water Day try to be mindful of how you are using fresh water.