Water is Life: World Water Day


Martin Munkacsi, [Man inspecting water container, Rio de Janeiro], ca. 1932 (2007.110.556)


Margaret Bourke-White, [Editor Wilbur Cogshall of the Louisville Courier-Journal at his desk drinking boiled water from bottle while reporting on severe flooding], 1937 (1649.2005)


George Rodger, Searching for Water, Naples, 1943 (411.1989)


George Rodger, Women at a Well by the Indus River, Pakistan, 1947 (printed 1989) (360.1989)


Henri Cartier-Bresson, When Rangoon water supply was blown up the rebels, water was scarce for 5 days in the city, and the people crowded round fire hydrants, trying to drain the last drops into their pails, 1949 (2007.90.2)


Gordon Parks, [Nair da Silva, balancing three gallons of water on her head, followed by her daughters Luzia and Isabel, Rio de Janeiro], 1961 (1601.2005)

World Water Day 2019 Theme: Leaving no one behind

The theme for World Water Day 2019 is ‘Leaving no one behind,’ which is the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit.

Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behind.

Today, billions of people are still living without safe water, which means ‘safely managed drinking water service’: water that is accessible on the premises, available when needed, and free from contamination. Their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive.

Marginalized groups – women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others – are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need. un.org

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