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Government of India
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
22-March-2017 17:03 IST
Environment Ministry celebrates World Water Day 2017

‘Wastewater’ central theme of celebrations this year

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) celebrated the World Water Day 2017 here today.  Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. The theme of World Water Day 2017 is "Wastewater”.


Secretary, MoEFCC, Shri Ajay Narayan Jha, inaugurated an exhibition to mark the occasion.  The exhibition titled “Jal Hai To Kal Hai” was organised to create awareness on conservation of water.  A group of school children used Performing Art to deliver the message. 


Secretary, MoEFCC, Shri Ajay Narayan Jha witnessing the exhibition



World Water Day is held annually on March 22, as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.   An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating March 22 1993 as the first World Water Day.


Today, 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.

The exhibition on water conservation was organized jointly by National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), a subordinate office of Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

Senior officers and other officials of MoEFCC were present on the occasion.