The United Nations General Assembly in resolution 55/196 proclaimed the year 2003 as the International Year of Freshwater.
The resolution adopted on 20 December 2000, was initiated by the Government of Tajikistan and supported by 148 other countries. It encourages Governments, the United Nations system and all other actors to take advantage of the Year to increase awareness of the importance of sustainable freshwater use, management and protection. It also calls upon governments, national and international organizations, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to make voluntary contributions and to lend other forms of support to the Year.
The International Year of Freshwater provides an opportunity to accelerate the implementation of the principles of integrated water resources management. The Year will be used as a platform for promoting existing activities and spearheading new initiatives in water resources at the international, regional and national levels.
The publication by the United Nations system of the World Water Development Report (first edition) is a major focus of the Year's public information activities, which was released March 22nd.
Summary by 李晓霞 on 2003-06-05
Last updated by 李晓霞 on 2003-06-05