World Water Day 2010-Clean Water for a healthy World

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

World Water Day 2010-Clean Water for a healthy World

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is coordinating the organization of the World Water Day 2010 campaign on behalf of UN-Water and in collaboration with FAO, UNDP, UNECE, UNICEF, UNESCO, UN-Habitat, WHO, and the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication as well as with partner organizations such as International Water Association, World Wide fund for Nature and World Water Council.

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.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.UN-Water is dedicating World Water Day 2010 to the theme of water quality, reflecting its importance alongside quantity of the resource in water management.
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GWC to help the Naandi Foundation bring clean water to 600,000 people in India

GWC will be supporting the Naandi Foundation, an innovative Indian nonprofit. With GWC’s support, Naandi will be able to bring clean water to an additional 600,000 people in India.

We see great potential in Naandi’s fee-based community drinking water systems. The inexpensive and scalable model makes it possible to imagine the day when everyone in India has access to clean water.

Naandi works with local governments to set up kiosks that sell water purified using advanced reverse-osmosis technology. Local communities are asked to contribute a percentage to the initial financing of the system, which increases ownership, improves accountability and helps ensure long-term sustainability.

These water kiosks transform rural villages, improving overall health and creating jobs. The benefits can also be seen in smaller things that make everyday life better. Villagers have told us that food tastes better when it’s cooked with clean water.

Naandi is one of the three winners of the Ashoka Changemakers competition that Global Water Challenge sponsored. The competition sought to identify and invest in social entrpreneurs with innovative solutions that could be replicated more widely

Two million people, most of them children, die annually due to preventable waterborne diseases. Millions more suffer from stunted growth and development. It’s time for a dramatic change — a revolution that will make potable water available, affordable, and accessible more rapidly, and on a wider scale than has been possible before.

WaterHealth International is leading such a revolution — the Blue Revolution — with a mission to provide sustainable access to clean, safe water to all, including the poorest communities. WaterHealth is already providing such access to clean water to hundreds of thousands of people around the world.
We are dedicated to extending the reach of our innovative, clean-water solutions to make a positive and lasting difference in people’s lives — because water really does equal life.
GENESIS : The Maharaja And The Waterman

Jal Bhagirathi Foundation (JBF) is the outcome of the persistent and committed efforts by Maharaja of Marwar, Gaj Singh, and Paani Baba (the Water Man), Rajendra Singh.
Despite the apparent diversity in their ways of life, this collaboration had a strong commonality to develop a persuasive alliance with the people of Marwar to make the region water secure. Maharaja Gaj Singh was dedicated to making village communities self-reliant in Marwar. Rajendra Singh was keen to replicate the experiences of Tarun Bharat Sangh in water-scarce regions of western Rajasthan.

Rajendra Singh and his colleague Prithvi Raj Singh had often thought of Maharaja Gaj Singh as a potential partner in the region, but they were unable to establish contact with him. Then came the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Rajendras path-breaking work on community based traditional water systems and the Maharaja read all about him. The meeting between the two was facilitated by Prithvi Raj Singh and the stage was set for initiating a similar movement in Marwar.

A workshop was organized in Jodhpur on October 5, 2001 with farmers and community leaders representing all the seven districts of the Marwar region. The workshop concluded with a decision to launch a movement in the region to mobilize and build the capacity of distressed communities in institutionalizing effective water governance in the region and development of their villages.
When a Jal Chetna Yatra (Public Awareness Campaign) was organised from October 6-8, 2001, thousands of villagers came forward spontaneously. Construction of numerous water harvesting structures commenced in villages. This encouraging response laid the foundation for upscaling this initiative to other parts of the region. With the endorsement by the people of Marwar, a Jal Samwad (Water Dialogue) was held on January 11, 2002 to achieve a general consensus on the formation of an organisation. Principal community leaders pledged their support. The alliance was then instituted as a Trust with Rajendra Singh and Prithvi Raj Singh from Tarun Bharat Sangh and Maharaja Gaj Singh and Maharani Hemlata Rajye representing the House of Marwar.

“…Good intentions, good policies, good decisions must turn into effective actions. Work is not being done by having a lovely plan. Work is not being done by magnificent statement of policy. Work is done when it is done. Done by people…”

We believe the world’s water crisis can be solved – with innovation, collaboration, and, above all, urgent action. Today nearly one-billion people live without access to safe drinking water; the need for development and validation of new approaches has never been greater. Safe Water Network is deeply invested in understanding the environmental, socioeconomic, behavioral and market challenges that prevent access to this vital resource. We are committed to working with partners and host communities to develop sustainable and scalable solutions that will stand the test of time.Safe water has a transformative impact – increasing access to education, curbing deprivation and starvation, and enabling people to live healthier and more productive lives.
IDCA is organizing a Forum on March 20, at the Oak Brook Library to share ideas about cleaning water bodies from pollutants and cleaning waste water.
We invite you to share your World Water Day activities and stories related to Clean water projects you are involved with or know about.