World Water Day , held every March 22, is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of water to sustainable development and offers the opportunity to reflect on progress made and challenges ahead.
This year’s UN-designated theme, Water and Jobs , focuses on the power that water and jobs have to transform people’s lives—nearly all jobs are related to water in some way. Water is vital to sustainable development. Access to safe and sufficient water supply, along with improved sanitation and hygiene, can unleash the economic potential of individuals and entire communities.
Through our ongoing water activities, USAID and its partners are lowering the number of people who face water insecurity and suffering from water-related diseases around the globe. Learn more about USAID’s Water and Sanitation Programs.
On World Water Day USAID is launching a new format for its Global Waters online magazine. Features in this issue include:
- A photo essay highlighting some of the Water Heroes bringing clean water to their communities
- How WASH impacts girls education
- Changing the landscape for urban water access in Africa
- How a city in Indonesia is making sanitation services affordable
- Innovations to grow food with less water
- A podcast from Global Water Coordinator Chris Holmes on USAID’s support for water and its impact on health, jobs and women
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