2013 the International Year of Water Cooperation

A young woman pumps water from a well in the lowlands area of Eritrea. UN Photo / Milton Grant

A young woman pumps water from a well in the lowlands area of Eritrea. UN Photo / Milton Grant

As per the UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/65/154 passed on 11 February 2011, the year 2013 is the International Year of Water Cooperation. The International Day of Water has been decided for 22 March already in A/RES/47/193 in 1992.

The resolutions point out among other things that access to clean water has a remarkable impact on economic development and social well-being. The more recent one also notes that the climate change has its effects on both water quantity and quality. Access to clean water is the most basic need for life, and yet, so many people around the world face major difficulties with reaching it.

We don’t always appreciate water as much as we should. Often its presence isn’t even noticed but the lack of and need for it announce themselves surprisingly fast. As a new year resolution, we can all promise to appreciate the water more.

UNYANET wishes you all a waterfall of happiness in 2013!

For all the international theme days and years, have a look at UN Observances.

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