World Water Day is celebrated annually on 22 March for taking action on water crisis. This international day was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Earth Summit. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. Likewise each year, on 23 March, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the worldwide meteorological community celebrate World Meteorological Day (WMD) around a chosen theme.
In Nepal, more than 50 organizations including governmental agencies, I/NGOs, private sectors, academia, media houses have been organizing a week long programs from 17 to 23 March each year since 2008 under an umbrella network of Nepal National Water and Weather Week to commemorate these two very special days. The consortium is led by the Water and Energy Commission Secretariat (WECS), the government of Nepal and The Small Earth Nepal is acting as secretariat. 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.
Nepal National Water and Weather Week 2017
Like in the previous years, World Water Day and World Meteorological Day are going to be celebrated this year too with a week-long program. For which a main organizing committee, chaired by the Secretary of Water Energy Commission Secretariat (WECS) Government of Nepal, Mr. Madhusudan Adhikari, has been formed. The committee comprises of members from government and non-government institutions, academic institutions and business houses. The week long events are scheduled to start on March 17 and will close on March 23 with many pre and post water week activities. This year the World Water Day`s theme is “Wastewater” and “Understanding Clouds” as designated by World Meteorological Organization to celebrate World Meteorological Day 2017.
List of Stakeholders
|ADAPT Nepal||Department of Irrigation (DoI))||Jalsrot Vikas Sanstha Nepal/Nepal Water Partnership (JVS/NWP)||Nepal Engineers Association (NEA)||Society of Irrigation Engineers Nepal (SIREN)|
|Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC)||Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC)||Kathmandu Metropolitan City(KMC)||Nepal Mega College||Society of Public Health Engineers Nepal (SOPHEN)|
|Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)||Department of Water Induced Disaster Prevention (DWIDP)||Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL)||Nepal National Community on Irrigation and Drainage||South Asia Institute of Advanced Studies(SIAS)|
|Care Nepal||Department of Water Supply and Sewerage (DWSS)||Kathmandu Valley Water Supply Management Board (KVWSMB)||Nepal Tourism Board (NTB)||Thames International College|
|Cemat Water Lab Private Limited (CEMAT)||Environment and Public Health Organization (ENPHO)||Melamchi Water Supply Development Board (MWSDB)||NGO Forum for Urban Water and Sanitation (NGO Forum)||The Small Earth Nepal(SEN)|
|Center of Research for Environment Energy and Water (CREEW)||GIZ||Ministry of Energy (MoEn)||One Planet Solution /Smart Pani||United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)|
|Central Department of Environmental Science (CDES,Tribhuwan University)||Guthi||Ministry of Irrigation (MoIr)||Practical Action Nepal||United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)|
|Central Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (CDHM,Tribhuwan University)||High Powered Committee for Integrated Development of the Bagmati Civilization (HPCIDBC)||Ministry of Physical Planning and Works (MoPPW)||Renewable World||United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)|
|Clean Energy Nepal (CEN)||Himal Power Limited (HPL)||Ministry of Population and Environment||Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Fund Development Board (RWSSFDB)||United Nations World Food Program (UNWFP)|
|Cycle City Network Nepal (CCNN)||Independent Power Producer’s Association Nepal (IPPAN)||Ministry of Urban Development||Siddhartha Bank Limited, Shankamul Branch||Water Aid Nepal|
|Department of Agriculture||International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)||National Lakes Conservation Development Committee (NLCDC)||SNV Nepal||Water and Energy Commission Secretariat (WECS)|
|Department of Food Technology and Quality Control (DFTQC)||International Hydrological Program – Nepal (IHP-Nepal)||National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC)||Society for Environment and Economic Development – Nepal||World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF- Nepal)|
|Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM)||International Water Management Institute (IWMI)||Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST)||Society of Hydrologists and Meteorologists -(SOHAM-Nepal)||Society of Irrigation Engineers Nepal (SIREN)|