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World Water Day around the globe

The United Nations is continuing to highlight the importance of water management with its annual World Water Day on March 22. The day was designated by an initiative in 1992 at the UN?s Conference on Environment and Development. World Water Day, which was first observed in 1993, has since grown into a global effort.

Cape Town in South Africa will be the host city of this year?s World Water Day conference on March 20-22. The 2011 theme and focus of the conference is ?Water for Cities, Responding to the Urban Challenge.? Over 600 events, spanning four continents, have been organized with this in mind. The goal of the conference is to create a dialogue between governments, organizations and communities about the challenges of urban water management.

Worldwide, states are encouraged to recognize the day by implementing UN guidelines through the creation of programs that are tailored to their unique needs. Locally, the Thessaloniki Water Supply and Sewage Company will be honoring the day with an event focusing on the precious resource in the northern port city. The establishment of local events by all types of organizations is encouraged, but those with a commercial scope, such as trade fairs, product launches and organizational PR statements are excluded from participation.

For more information about the initiative or to register your local event, visit www.worldwaterday.org.