The United Nations designated World Water Day is held
annually in March, to commemorate the importance of water and emphasize
the management and conservation of water resources. The
theme of 2003 was “Water for the Future”, calling on one and all to observe sustainable
approaches to water use for the benefit of future generations, with United
Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as the lead agency. The
goal for World Water Day 2003 was to inspire worldwide political and community
action and encourage greater global understanding of the need for more
responsible water use and conservation.
An exhibition was held on 21 March
at the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok, where the general
public, university students, international organizations and non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) participated in the programme and viewed the exhibition.
It is notable that World Water day, this year, coincides
with celebrations marking 2003 as the International
Year of Fresh Water.