World Water Day is an annual United Nations international observance day that highlights the importance of freshwater. The U.N. chooses a theme for the day each year, and for 2020 the theme is “Water and Climate Change." The goal of World Water Day is to inspire people around the world to learn more about water-related issues and to take action to make a difference. In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was an additional focus on hand washing and hygiene. World Water Day is celebrated around the world through political, artistic, and educational events, as well as fundraisers for water projects. The first World Water Day was held in 1993.
In conjunction with World Water Day, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) releases the World Water Development Report (WWDR). The 2020 WWD focuses on the challenges, opportunities and potential responses to climate change, in terms of adaptation, mitigation and improved resilience that can be addressed through improving water management.