World Water Day (WWD) and World Meteorological Day (WMD) are celebrated worldwide every year on 22nd and 23rd March respectively. In Nepal, these two International Days have been combined and are being observed with a week-long program and activities under the banner of Nepal National Water and Weather Week (NNWWW). The themes Water and Meteorology are quite related to each other. Luckily, both the observance days are also celebrated one after another. The main aim of this joint effort is to bring together all the stakeholders to advocate the pertinent issues of water and weather.
World Water Day was first celebrated in 1993 just after a year of the UN Earth Summit in 1992 at Rio de Janerio to focus mainly on sustainable management of fresh water resources. Each year UN-Water coins a specific theme to celebrate the day. This year (2019), the theme of World Water Day is Leaving no one behind on the use of scarce fresh water resources. This theme is also important to discuss and advocate the issues in policy making which ultimately helps to fulfill the sustainable development goal by 2030.
People from different groups are left behind for different reasons. Unless exclusion and inequality are explicitly and responsively addressed in both policy and practice, water interventions fail to reach those most in need and who stand to benefit most. Those ‘left behind’ need greater attention and representation in political as well as other dimension of the decision-making processes, either directly or through civil society organizations with a clear mandate from those they represent. Therefore, public awareness and empowerment of communities is critical to enable the human rights to water and sanitation to be realized.
Likewise, World Meteorological Day (WMD) was celebrated first time in 1961 on the auspicious day of the establishment of World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on March 23rd in 2050. Subsequently, in 1951, WMO was designated a specialized agency of the United Nations System. All the member countries of the WMO celebrate this event to understand and communicate the science of weather. WMO also provide a slogan to celebrate the Day every year. This year (2019) slogan for World Meteorological Day is The Sun, the Earth and the Weather. The slogan is particularly important to understand the global warming, occurrence of extreme weather events in the recent years and the impact on our Earth system and livelihood.
The Water and Energy Commission Secretariat (WECS) of Government of Nepal along with the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) and others governmental and non-governmental organizations are engaging to celebrate the events jointly. More than 50 Water and Weather-related stakeholders including governmental and non-governmental agencies and private sectors, academia and youth led organizations are involving together to celebrate this week-long program. The Small Earth Nepal (SEN) has been serving as the secretariat for NNWWW since 2009. The event is a common platform to share and discuss the various issues related to water and weather, and come up with some policy resolutions.
With this background, a week-long program under the title “Nepal National Water and Weather Week 2019 (NNWWW 2019)” is being proposed to take place from March 17 – 23, 2019.
A. Programs before Water and Weather Week
|January 23||Stakeholder’s Meetings|
|February 10 onwards|| Photography Competition |
Painting Competition for School Children
|March 15||Press Meet and Press Release|
B. Programs in Water and Weather Week
|17 March (Sunday)||-Inauguration of NNWWW 2019 -Bicycle rally -Walkathon (Prabhatpheri)|
|18 March (Monday)||10th National Symposium on Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Management of Groundwater Resources of the Nepal|
|19 March (Tuesday)||-National Water Café -Media Interaction on Climate Change and Water Resources|
|20 March (Wednesday)||Holi|
|21 March (Thursday)||Graduate Conference on Water|
|22 March (Friday)||Thematic workshop celebrating World Water Day 2019|
|23 March (Saturday)||-Thematic workshop celebrating World Meteorological Day 2019 -Formal Closing Ceremony of NNWWW 2019|