World Water Week is taking place in Stockholm, Sweden, under the overarching theme "Water in an Urbanising World". The World Water Week organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute, is the leading annual global meeting place for capacity-building, partnership-building and follow-up on the implementation of international processes and programmes in water and development.
For those of us not in Stockholm there are live webcasts with some sessions of World Water Week broadcast live on the website. You can follow discussions online and tweet at the same time! Follow the week's updates from different social media channels and redistribute them online.
Did you know that between 50-100 liters of water per person per day are needed to ensure most basic needs? Or that the basic requirement for a lactating women engaged in even moderate physical activity is 7.5 litres a day?
You can find a wealth of useful statistics and documents on the Water for Life website part of the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’ which officially started on World Water Day, March 22, 2005.
The challenge of the Decade is to focus attention on action-oriented activities and policies that ensure the long-term sustainable management of water resources, in terms of both quantity and quality, and include measures to improve sanitation.
According to the World Health Organization, each and every day some 3,900 children die because of dirty water or poor hygiene; diseases transmitted through water or human excrement are the second-leading cause of death among children worldwide, after respiratory diseases.
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