World Water Day
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.
PGI just recently hosted the fifth annual Walk for Water on Sunday, June 2nd, at Noon at the Oregon Convention Center. In just 1 day, more than 200 million hours of women’s time is consumed by collecting water worldwide.
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.
For a small donation ($20) to Portland Global Initiatives, Walk for Water participants will simulate what it is like to gather water for much of the world by walking a brand new course around the Convention Center.