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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: February 3, 2020 11:03 AM
From: Representative Christopher B. Quinn
To: All House members
Subject: "World Water Day" in Pennsylvania
International “World Water Day” is held annually on March 22nd 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) in Rio de Janeiro. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating March 22, 1993 as the first “World Water Day.”

The United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/47/193 of December 22, 1992 by which March 22nd of each year was declared “World Day for Water,” to be observed starting in 1993, in conformity with the recommendations of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.

States were invited to devote the Day, as appropriate in the national context, to concrete activities such as the promotion of public awareness through the production and dissemination of documentaries and the organization of conferences, round tables, seminars and expositions related to the conservation and development of clean water resources.

Why a World Water Day?
“World Water Day” is an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference. Each year, UN-Water — the entity that coordinates the UN’s work on water and sanitation — sets a theme for “World Water Day” corresponding to a current or future challenge. The theme for 2020 “World Water Day” is “Everyone has a role to play.”

Please join me in recognizing March 22, 2020 as “World Water Day” in Pennsylvania in conjunction with the 2020 “World Water Day” international observance designated by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

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