Cuba celebrates World Water Day

22 March 2001 - The main activity in Cuba to mark World Water Day today will be a ceremony in the province of Camaguey at which prizes will be awarded to the winners of the Third National Children’s Contest, ‘Trazaguas’. The ceremony will be attended by national authorities, the Diplomatic Corps and representatives of United Nations agencies.

The Cuban National Institute for Hydrologic Resources will be celebrating World Water Day on the proposal of the National Committee for the International Hydrological Programme (CONAPHI).

Various other activities, including exhibitions and workshops, will be organized throughout the country to celebrate World Water Day.

The creation of a World Water Day was recommended in chapter 18 (Fresh Water Resources) of Agenda 21 adopted at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), held in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in 1992. The United Nations General Assembly subsequently endorsed the recommendation by declaring 22 March World Water Day and the event was first celebrated in 1993.

States are invited to devote the Day 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 exhibitions related to the conservation and development of water resources and the implementation of the recommendations of Agenda 21.

The priorities of UNCED were endorsed by the World Conference on Science, which called for ‘the goals of the existing international global environmental research programmes [to] be vigorously pursued within the framework of Agenda 21’ (para. 29). The Conference declared the freshwater issue and the hydrological cycle to be ‘areas requiring special attention’.

For further information on celebrations in Cuba, write to in the UNESCO Havana Office