Walk a little, in spirit, With those that walk a lot.
What is the World Water Walk?
World Water Walk is a weeklong, digital event taking place in tandem with the United Nation's Water Conference–a time for countries to align on a fearless agenda that prioritizes clean and accessible water for all. Scroll on to learn more about the World Water Crisis and how you can get involved in this year's virtual event and beyond.
1. Be aware: You’re already there!
Awareness is the very first step to creating a more equitable and sustainable water future for all. We're glad you're here.
2. Post your reflections on the water crisis.
Post on your Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #WaterCrisisReflections.
The world water crisis
Water scarcity is not a new crisis, and yet we still see many countries and communities continue to struggle with access to clean water.
771 million people, or 1 in 10, are living without access to safe water
1.7 billion people, or 1 in 4, are living without improved sanitation (toilets, sewer/septic systems, etc.)
Protecting water ecosystems and
ensuring the rights and well-
being of women and girls go hand in hand.
200 million hours are spent walking for water daily
90% (roughly 14 million) of those that walk for water are women
Improving access to water, sanitation, and hygiene has the potential to save 1.4 million lives per year
1 million people die each year from water, sanitation and hygiene-related diseases
160 million children suffer from stunting and chronic malnutrition, which has been linked to lack of access to safe water and sanitation
All solutions are preventable, affordable and solvable in our lifetime.
Clean water and sanitation for all is one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 6) to be achieved by 2030.
The UN has recently said that governments need to have a much greater sense of urgency and increase productivity by 400% in order to meet SDG 6 by 2030.
The UN hosted their global water conference this last spring–the first in almost 50 years–and asked the public to make commitments to aide in fighting the water crisis. By participating in World Water Walk, you are taking actions to ensure everyone has access to clean and safe water supplies.
By walking with each other, in whatever way, we unite in common causes that help all of us.
Thank you for your advocacy and activism!