On March 22, the United States joined the international community in commemorating World Water Day. Each year on World Water Day, governments, organizations, and individuals around the world highlight the importance of water and advocate for the sustainable management of water resources.
On March 21, 2019, in honor of Women’s History Month, International Women’s Day and World Water Day, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Water Partnership, the Aspen Institute, Global Water 2020, and the Global Water Challenge hosted a conference to raise awareness about the link between women’s empowerment and water. The conference highlighted how ready access to safe water and sanitation can drastically advance the quality of life for women and girls. Globally, women and girls spend around 200 million hours every day collecting water, taking precious time away from opportunities for paid work and education. Moreover, evidence shows that improving water quality, sanitation, and hygiene access in medical facilities improves maternal and infant health.
On March 22, the U.S. Department of State and USAID, as well as U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world shared World Water Day messages and highlighted actions they were taking to support this international day on their social media accounts. Here are a few highlights:
This #worldwaterday we celebrate the power of every one of us to bring about change. This journey starts with a commitment to every person's absolute right to water. We work together because we know the value of our goal - a world where water really is for all. RT if you agree! pic.twitter.com/um6Guq3cEo— US Water Partnership (@USWP) March 22, 2019
On #WorldWaterDay, we’re highlighting U.S. #ForeignAssistance that improves access to water and sanitation in priority countries, building future water security to promote #SelfReliance. Read the @StateDept water strategy to learn more: https://t.co/ta8QtCkqfS— US Foreign Assistance (@USForeignAssist) March 22, 2019
After receiving training on how to use an axial flow pump, Mosammat began an irrigation business, providing water to farmers during low rainfall. Her success has inspired others to purchase the pump & provide irrigation services of their own https://t.co/1g355Tbi6R #WorldWaterDay pic.twitter.com/zy0tnXhStg— Feed the Future (@FeedtheFuture) March 22, 2019
This #WorldWaterDay our thoughts are w/ everyone affected by #CycloneIdai which left ~900 sq miles of land in #Mozambique covered in- that’s an area larger than NYC+ LA combined. @USAID’s disaster experts are on the ground coordinating w #NGO partners to provide aid | @NASA pic.twitter.com/iRGwuVEOqm— USAID/OFDA (@theOFDA) March 22, 2019
A drop of water is flexible. A drop of water is powerful. A drop of water is more necessary than ever. Today we celebrate #WorldWaterDay and let's remember to always take care of the vital liquid. https://t.co/gd5sAP942C pic.twitter.com/D3rc4QJbi5— Chargé Heide Fulton (@USAmbHonduras) March 22, 2019
On #WorldWaterDay, Iran is on the brink of environmental catastrophe. #Iran's corrupt leaders have gravely mismanaged Iran's water resources for 40 years, lining their pockets on useless projects instead of serving the interests of its citizens. Iranian people deserve better. pic.twitter.com/8JuDhmz7k8— Department of State (@StateDept) March 22, 2019
Oggi è il Today #WorldWaterDay, la #giornatamondialedellacqua: salute pubblica, crescita economica, uguaglianza di genere. l'acqua è fondamentale in ogni campo della nostra vita.https://t.co/o7c44GmSv0— Ambasciata U.S.A. (@AmbasciataUSA) March 22, 2019
On #WorldWaterDay, the crisis in Venezuela has reached a new level of urgency as safe drinking water becomes increasingly hard to find. According to @USAID, nearly 70 % of Venezuela’s hospitals report ongoing power outages & lack of safe drinking water. https://t.co/K80uH0gxXs pic.twitter.com/xyMUWDpWk3— US Embassy Jamaica (@USEmbassyJA) March 22, 2019
Without water none of us would be here. There would be no animals, no trees – there would be nothing really. So today, and every day, we should strive to maintain a clean and steady supply of water. #WorldWaterDay pic.twitter.com/1bnDW7THKL— U.S. Embassy Denmark (@usembdenmark) March 22, 2019
How did a community in #Djibouti work together to create a sustainable source of #water in one of the hottest, driest places on earth? Read our latest story to find out! https://t.co/UzIYX1wJ4u #WorldWaterDay @USAIDEastAfrica pic.twitter.com/NrgyyQoMXo— USAID/Food for Peace (@USAIDFFP) March 22, 2019
Happy #WorldWaterDay! Thanks to international cooperation, millions of people across the world have received access to clean #water and sanitation, but more work still needs to be done. https://t.co/KWnAwc1tZJ— U.S. in Holy See (@USinHolySee) March 22, 2019
Bugün 22 Mart #DünyaSuGünü! Su bir insan hakkıdır - kimlik ya da yer farkı gözetmez. Buna rağmen 2.1 milyar insan evlerinde güvenli suya erişimi olmadan yaşıyor. https://t.co/9BzWNWMEZV #HerkesİçinSu #WorldWaterDay #Water4All pic.twitter.com/PcbgBRhfev— ABDIstanbul (@ABDIstanbul) March 22, 2019
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