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World Water Day

World Water Day (WWD) arose from Agenda 21 of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The first International World Water Day, designated by the United Nations, was commemorated in 1993. Each year, UN-Water, an agency that coordinates the efforts of UN entities and international organizations working on water and sanitation issues, selects a theme to highlight a specific aspect of freshwater. World Water Day is celebrated on March 22.

From 2010-2018, the Laurier Institute for Water Science and University of Waterloo Water Institute , along with their graduate student groups, Students of the Water Institute-Graduate Section (SWIGS) and Center for Cold Regions and Water Interdisciplinary Network of Students (CCRWINS), have held an annual Graduate Research Fair and Water Celebration.

Beginning in 2019, Laurier and LIWS, Global Water Futures and Northern Water Futures will host WWD events focussing on regional and northern water issues highlighting the breadth and depth of water research in Waterloo and the Northwest Territories. WWD will also act as a meeting place for water researchers, practitioners and stakeholders.

This event is organized and attended by students, government officials, community groups, industry and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

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Co-director Derek Gray


Co-director Kevin Stevens