World Water Day 2015 "Water and Sustainable Development"

23 Mar 2015
Bangkok, Thailand

An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.

Each year, the World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater, along with the launching of World Water Development Report (WWDR), an annual report with a focus on the same specific aspect.

This year’s theme, “Water and Sustainable Development,” emphasizes how water links to all areas we need to consider in creating the future we want. Water is at the core of sustainable development. Water resources, and the range of services they provide, underpin poverty reduction, economic growth and environmental sustainability. From food and energy security to human and environmental health, water contributes to improvements in social well-being and inclusive growth, affecting the livelihoods of billions.

ESCAP in collaboration with the Royal Thai Government will be organizing the World Water Day Commemoration on 22 and 23 March 2015 at the Royal Paragon Hall, Siam Paragon, Bangkok, Thailand. General Prayuth Chan-ocha, Prime Minister of Thailand and Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP will officiate the event and launch the WWDR for Asia and the Pacific on 23 March 2015.

More information on World Water Day Commemoration and global activities can be found at

For more information, please contact:
Ms. Salmah Zakaria - Economic Affair Officer, Energy Security and Water Resource Section, Environment and Development Division, ESCAP, Email: