Panel at CSW parallel event on water
Abby Hershberger

Chris Schimmoeller, Matteo Cinquemani, Meera Karunananthan, and Meghan J. Clark speak at “Wisdom, Water and Women: Unmuting Women’s Voices”


It's always about water.

This sentence was repeated multiple times during a panel titled “Wisdom, Water and Rural Women: Unmuting Women’s Voices,” held last week during the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women. Access to water, particularly for rural women, was a repeated theme during this panel and others throughout the week. The message provided a perfect segue into World Water Day 2018, which the UN will commemorate on Thursday, March 22. The day will include addresses from General Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák and Autumn Peltier, a  13-year-old water activist. Peltier is a member of the Anishinaabe indigenous group and a resident of the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory in Ontario. Even at her young age, Peltier has established herself as a powerful water advocate in Canada and throughout the world.

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Mr. Lajčák and Ms. Peltier will deliver opening remarks at 10:00 am. A full schedule is available here.


On World Water Day, the United Nations will open  a new Decade of Water, themed “Water for Sustainable Development.” This aligns with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically Goal 6—Clean Water and Sanitation.