25.03.2012 - UNESCO Office in Amman

UNESCO Office in Amman celebrates World Water Day 2012



UNESCO Office in Amman in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and the National Commission for UNESCO in Jordan celebrates World Water Day 20.

Each year on March 22, the world celebrates World Water Day. At this time, when a billion people in the world already live in chronic hunger and water resources are under pressure, we cannot pretend the problem is ‘elsewhere’. World Water Day 2012 intends to draw attention to the relationship between water & food security. Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life; water is the fundamental factor in food production.

UNESCO office in Amman, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and the National Commission for UNESCO in Jordan celebrated World Water Day 2012: "Water and Food Security” on March 25th at Children's Museum in Amman. The event focused on education and awareness amongst children and youth on the water situation in Jordan, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between water and food security.

The 80 students and 20 teachers from several educational directorates, engaged in hands-on learning experiences with UN, MoE and Children’s museum staff. The museum’s interactive exhibits were combined with UNESCO’s water education activities for youth to provide the students with tangible examples of how much water is actually required to produce the food we eat, among other issues related to food security and water in Jordan.

The responsibility to ensure efficient water management and food security also lies at the individual level, as at all steps of the supply chain, from producers to consumers, actions can be taken to save water and ensure food for all. Starting the debate with youth is an important step forward in changing attitudes about water usage.

In Jordan awareness of issues related to water scarcity through events like World Water Day is leading to a positive increase in individual action. Youth and volunteers of all ages are discovering meaningful ways to mitigate the effects of rapid urbanization, climate change, and industrialization on the Kingdom’s water resources in order to ensure access for future generations.

For more information on the event contact: Lama Masalha, l.almasalha(at)unesco.org

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