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World Water Day 2012: “The world is thirsty because we are hungry”

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. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater.

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World Water Day 2012: Water and food security

Press release by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

Further Reading

02 Mar 12

The water, energy and food security nexus perspective is the issue the German government will promote at the 6th Word Water Forum.

08 Mar 12

The Call for Papers for the World Resources Forum 2012 has been published. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 30 April. Full papers are not required.

10 Nov 11

A multimedia feature of Deutsche Welle

NEXUS in the Media

08 May 12


Explore Solutions through AlertNet’s animations and videos, such as “Greening The Ghetto”, “What is Food Insecurity?”, “The Rice Story”, “Land Security brings Food Security” and more

20 Oct 11

The Christian Science Monitor

13 Mar 12

Water Canada

“The world is thirsty because we are hungry.” Such is the tagline for World Water Day, set for March 22. With a focus on Food Security, the United Nations is highlighting how water is connected to much wider economic and societal issues.

22 Aug 12


The World Water Week 2012 in Stockholm will zoom in on food security and the global water situation. This is warranted not least from the perspective of the increasing imbalances in global food security. In this article, Dr. Anders Jägerskog sums up the thrust of a report he edited on this topic, which is meant to provide input for the Week’s deliberations.

29 Jan 16


“The water-energy nexus is complex and wide-ranging”


  • IFPRI International Food Policy Research Institute
  • WEF World Economic Forum
  • WWF World Wide Fund for Nature

Bonn2011 Nexus Conference – in the context of Bonn Perspectives

  • Bonn Perspectives

initiated by

  • BONN
  • BMZ

funded by

  • European Regional Development Fund EFRE
  • NRW Ministerin fr Bundesangelegenheiten, Europa und Medien des Landes Nordrhein-Westphalen