Leaving No One Behind

World Water Day on 22 March 2019

International Decade for Action on Water for Sustainable Development, 2018 to 2028

The 66th United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring the Water Action Decade from 22 March 2018 to March 2028. The UN Water Action Decade is pursuing two goals:

  • Spreading knowledge on the topic of water and water pollution control, including information on water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • more effective communication measures to implement water-related goals.

The United Nations call on governments and societies to participate in activities and initiatives promoting information, education and training measures to realise sustainable management of water resources and water bodies. The Federal Environment Ministry has embedded the national dialogue on water, which started in October 2018, in the framework of the UN Water Action Decade and is planning to carry out additional measures over the next few years.

Logo of the Water Action Decade


World Water Day

The United Nations have declared 22 March World Water Day, and this presents a great opportunity for water-related public relation measures. In 2019, the World Water Day’s theme is "Leaving no one behind". This year’s World Water Development Report, which is published every year on World Water Day by UN Water, also focuses on this topic and uses the theme for its title.

Why do we need World Water Day?

World Water Day and the corresponding World Water Development Report are important in the context of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its water-related goals, which were adopted by the UN Member States in 2015, in particular SDG 6 "Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all".

World Water Days are aimed at raising public awareness of these global goals, their local impacts and the challenges related to implementing them. It is a measure to motivate people to support implementing action. All countries are invited to take the opportunity on World Water Day to implement UN recommendations and carry out corresponding targeted initiatives at national level. Information on World Water Day is available on the UN website.

Water body type of 2019

The water body type of 2019 is the large North Sea estuary. There are three such estuaries in Germany where the rivers Ems, Weser and Elbe flow into the North Sea. The estuary of the river Ems begins near the town of Leer, that of the Weser near Brake and that of the Elbe near Stade.

Each year, the United Nations selects a different theme for World Water Day.

Past themes of World Water Day:

Year Theme
2018Nature for Water
2017Waste Water
2016Water and Jobs
2015Water and Sustainable Development
2014Water and Energy
2013Water Cooperation
2012Water and Food Security
2011Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge
2010Clean Water for a Healthy World
2009Shared Water – Shared Opportunities
2007Coping with Water Scarcity
2006Water and Culture
2005Water for Life 2005 – 2015
2004Water and Disasters
2003Water for the Future
2002Water for Development
2001Water and Health
2000Water for the 21st Century
1999Everyone Lives Downstream
1998Groundwater: the Invisible Resource
1997The World’s Water: Is There Enough?
1996Water for Thirsty Cities
1995Women and Water
1994Caring for Our Water Resources is Everyone’s Business