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World Water Day 2015 #Waterisliberating

March 21, 2015


‘Water and Sustainable Development’ is this year’s World Water Day theme. It is much broader compared to the past year’s themes. UN’s official email says “This year, we need you, more than ever, to celebrate water. And we need you to help others think about what water means to them. For World Water Day and in the months that follow, we invite you – and the rest of the world – to take a piece of paper and write what water is to you.”

This year’s theme also gives us a chance to reflect on how interconnected water issues are. Water is a critical component of urbanization, energy, industry, agriculture, food, equality, economy, environment, health, and security. This includes the 748 million, who cannot access an improved source of drinking water, despite the progress and development being made worldwide.

Earlier this year, World Economic Forum also announced water to be the top global risk. This highlights water’s role in critical and myriad fields, from India’s agricultural, urbanization and transboundry resources struggles, China’s growing middle class’s ordeal to “water wars” in the Middle East, and population dynamics affecting water scarcity in Nepal.

For me #wateris what I have seen to be one the costliest resources in various rural and urban parts of India. My #waterisliberating is for all the women and girls, who spend countless hours of their lives fetching water for their households for potable and other purposes.

This article has been adopted from the original articles that appeared on theflipsideofdevelopment over the years. To read the original articles, please click on the hyperlinks above.

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