United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

22 December 1992


                                             93rd plenary meeting
                                             22 December 1992
                   Observance of World Day for Water
     The General Assembly,
     Recalling the relevant provisions of chapter 18 of Agenda 21, adopted by
the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development,
     Considering that the extent to which water resource development
contributes to economic productivity and social well-being is not widely
appreciated, although all social and economic activities rely heavily on the
supply and quality of fresh water,
     Considering also that, as populations and economic activities grow, many
countries are rapidly reaching conditions of water scarcity or facing limits
to economic development,
     Considering further that the promotion of water conservation and
sustainable management requires public awareness at local, national, regional
and international levels,
     1.    Decides to declare 22 March of each year World Day for Water, to be
observed starting in 1993, in conformity with the recommendations of the
United Nations Conference on Environment and Development contained in chapter
18 of Agenda 21;
     2.    Invites States to devote the Day, as appropriate in the national
context, to concrete activities such as the promotion of public awareness
through the publication and diffusion of documentaries and the organization of
conferences, round tables, seminars and expositions related to the
conservation and development of water resources and the implementation of the
recommendations of Agenda 21;
     3.    Invites the Secretary-General to make recommendations on ways and
means by which the United Nations Secretariat could, within existing resources
and without prejudice to ongoing activities, assist countries in organizing
their national activities for the observance of World Day for Water;
     4.    Requests the Secretary-General to make the necessary arrangements
in order to ensure the success of the observance of World Day for Water by the
United Nations;
     5.    Also requests the Secretary-General to focus observance of World
Day for Water by the United Nations on a particular theme relating to the
conservation of water resources;
     6.    Recommends that the Commission on Sustainable Development, in the
execution of its mandate, attach priority to the implementation of chapter 18
of Agenda 21.