World Water Day grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environmental and Development in Rio de Janeiro. World Water Day in 2005 marked the beginning of the UN International Decade for Action on Water. This decade puts the spotlight on water-related programs, with hopes to increase the efforts for achieving international water-related goals and the United Nations Millennium Declaration. World Water Day is celebrated on March 22 each year and inspires events across the world which draw attention to the need for clean water for a healthy world.
Sponsored by Portland Roasting Coffee, and with help from Portland State University’s Capstone course, the 2013 Walk for Water raised funds to bring clean water to communities in Papua New Guinea. Walker fees combined with local sponsor donations went towards the goal of raising funds for a water purification project through Na Wokabaut.