Sunday, March 22, 2020

Let's talk about Water Day : Clean Care is Safe Care !

World Water Day

World Water Day, held on 22 March every year since 1993, focuses on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. 

It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis, in support of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.

In 2020, Water day was linked to COVID-19 as we all remember...

"All of us face a common threat – the coronavirus – COVID 19.
Today’s declaration of a pandemic is a call to action – for everyone, everywhere.
It’s also a call for responsibility and solidarity – as nations united and as people united.
As we fight the virus, we cannot let fear go viral.
Together, we can still change the course of this pandemic – but that means addressing inaction."

António Guterres, Secretary-General UN message

On Water Day, the United Nations is actively addressing the global COVID-19 outbreak by for example providing situation:

  • reports, 
  • technical guidelines,
  • advice for the public.

In the light of the global spread of the virus and following instructions from national authorities and guidance from the World Health Organization.

UN Water
  • Clean Care is Safe Care:

Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.


Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing:

Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.


When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

  • Be Kind to support loved ones during #Coronavirus

Teachers and educators and parents will find a lot of resources on WHO  website.

World Water Day and Climate:

World Water Day 2020

“A water crisis is a global crisis. Without sustainable access to water, we will be unable to achieve goals such as quality education or the development of more prosperous, fairer societies. History has demonstrated this."

Audrey Azoulay, Director-General, UNESCO

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 Day is an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference. Water is an essential building block of life. 

"This year’s World Water Day focuses on water and climate change. With 2020 a make-or-break year for climate action, this focus is timely."

 UN chief António Guterres

WWDR/ Open Access

On World Water Day, the United Nations launched a flagship report which says that reducing both the impacts and drivers of climate change will require major shifts in the way we use and reuse the Earth’s limited water resources. 

World Water Day and its campaign is still ongoing. However, as many may need to make changes to their plans, a dedicated web page has been made available where organizations and stakeholders can find advice on how to keep meetings and workplaces safe, help limit the spread of the coronavirus and adjust their plans accordingly.

Theme 2020:

"Water and Climate Change."

World Water Day 2020, on 22 March, is about water and climate change – and how the two are inextricably linked.
Adapting to the water effects of climate change will protect health and save lives.
Using water more efficiently will reduce greenhouse gases.
We cannot afford to wait. Everyone has a role to play.


Teachers and students will find different resources to learn, share, act, be safe.

You can use social media, learning networking online (individual or in group) to be safe and participate.

short animated by Marina Lobo

Visit the post Aquastory, animated film SDGs in Action ! UN winner 2019Schools have an important role promoting environmental education as a Civics value across all the school curricula.


Remember as well, this World Water Day, and any other day, please wash your hands regularly with water and soap or alcohol-based hand rub.

This #WorldWaterDay, let’s show our best hand hygiene moments to fight #COVID19. #SafeHands on #WorldWaterDay! 


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