March 22, 2011-UN HABITAT Pakistan in collaboration with Ministry of Environment, UNICEF, WSSCC, WaterAid and PIEDAR is leading world Water Day 2011 in Pakistan. The objective of World Water Day 2011 is to focus international attention on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialization and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems.
International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
This year theme, Water for cities: responding to the urban challenge , aims to spotlight and encourage governments, organizations, communities, and individuals to actively engage in addressing the challenges of urban water management. Urban water has come in spotlight for celebration of World Water day again after 1994.
UN HABITAT is celebrating World Water Day in 6 cities of Pakistan. The events are mostly 'Slum School Children Lead' and will be responding to various urban water challenges with a special focus on two sub themes: Drinking water quality at point-of-use as well as Reuse of Grey water as a response to climate change adaptation.
UN-HABITAT will also be launching their 'Improving WASH in urban schools through environment clubs in four cities' and 'WATSAN improvement in informal settlements through gender mainstreaming and capacity building of local authorities in Quetta’, projects as special initiatives on the theme of World Water Day 2011.
UN-HABITAT and UN-Water are co-organizing the official World Water Day 2011 event globally in Cape Town in collaboration with all water sector partners. For more information and colorful downloads please visit www.unhabitat.org.pk or www.unwater.org/worldwaterday