Water for all

Whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human right

What is World Water Day?

Sustainable Development Goal 6 is crystal clear: water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behind. But today, billions of people are still living without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive.

Marginalized groups – women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others – are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need.

This World Water Day, 22nd March, is about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind.


Get familiar with the issues – why are people being left behind without safe water and what can be done to reach them?

Explore this year’s theme and browse our collection of stories to find out more.

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World Water Summit hosted in Geneva

The 1st World Water Summit on the theme “Leaving No One Behind,” will be hosted in Geneva on 7-8 February, 2019.

Human rights youth challenge on water & sanitation

Join the human rights youth challenge on water & sanitation. Show your knowledge, understanding and passion about the human rights to water and sanitation by creating an original content about the human rights to water and sanitation and upload it to a social media network.

Innovation, green tech and sunlight help secure safe water for Rohingya refugees

First five solar-powered safe water systems – put in operation by UNHCR – are now delivering at their full capacity. These new systems improve the daily supply of safe, clean drinking water to Rohingya refugees living in crowded sites in southeast Bangladesh.


Engage your friends and contacts with information and stories about the reality of the water crisis and how it affects every aspect of society.

Use our resources to start a conversation and inspire action.


Gather people together to share ideas and make them grow. Hold or attend an event to make personal connections that could make a difference to people living without safe water.

Use our map to see where a World Water Day event is taking place near you and find out how you could hold an event yourself.

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