Wednesday, March 21, 2012

World Water Day


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By Akindman

International 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.
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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 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.


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The UN and its member nations devote this day to implementing UN recommendations and promoting concrete activities within their countries regarding the world's water resources. Each year, one of various UN agencies involved in water issues takes the lead in promoting and coordinating international activities for World Water Day.  Please look at the Wikipedia link for more background information on the UN efforts.

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Trivia:
Lake Baikal is located in the south of the Russian region of Siberia, between Irkutsk Oblast to the northwest and the Buryat Republic to the southeast; it is the most voluminous freshwater lake in the world, containing roughly 20% of the world's unfrozen surface fresh water.
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