World Rivers Day 2023: Meaning, Theme, Significance

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World Rivers Day is the annual event that is celebrated to spread awareness about the cleanliness of rivers. This event is celebrated every fourth week of September and this year it is celebrated on 24 September 2023. This day is crucial as it helps in the conservation of natural resources. Rivers are considered the lifeblood of the Earth. The entire ecosystem is directly balanced due to rivers as it is the source of water for a variety of flora and fauna. Read this article to know the importance of rivers and the significance of World Rivers Day!

Particulars Details
Name of the Event World Rivers Day
Founded By Mark Angelo
Started in 2005
Date  24 September 2023
Day Sunday
Approved By United Nations

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History of World Rivers Day

According to the founder of World Rivers Day, Mark Angelo, “Rivers are the arteries of our planet; they are the lifelines in the truest sense.”

In 2005, the UN launched the Water for Life decade. This was done to create awareness among the public about the need for care of water resources. Mark Angelo initiated a moment to clean the Thompson River in British Columbia in September 1980 and its success was marked as BC Rivers Day. Following BC Rivers Day, a number of river enthusiasts gathered to organize the inauguration of WRD. Thus, in 2005, the UN recognized and accepted the proposal of Mark Angelo as it was a fruitful event for the conservation and protection of rivers, and from that day fourth Sunday of every September is celebrated as World Rivers Day.

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World Rivers Day Theme 2023

The theme for this year’s World Rivers Day is “Rights of Rivers”. This theme designates the rivers as the treasure of the world as they provide water for living. Rivers not only are a great source of water for mankind, animal life, and flora and fauna but also serve as a perfect mode of transportation

The Nile River is the longest river in the world, and it is the source of water for many species. As an individual, you can also do your part by visiting the official website of World Rivers Day i.e., and contribute, conduct, or support an event to conserve the rivers.

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Significance of World Rivers Day

The main aim behind conducting World Rivers Day is to increase public awareness with respect to the cleanliness and conservation of rivers across the world. This day is celebrated to bring people together to join in a noble mission to protect natural resources for the benefit of future generations and preserve the ecosystem

Pollution and drying of rivers are the major threats to rivers. So, the day also invites plans and donations from organizations.

People also conducts event to collect financial help for cleaning the rivers. You can also conduct fun activities like boat racing, visiting the local river with your group to clean it, conducting community visits to the schools, etc.

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Q1. Why is World Rivers Day Celebrated?

A. World Rivers Day is celebrated on an annual basis to spread public awareness about the cleanliness of rivers and promote their conservation around the world.

Q2. On which day is World Rivers Day celebrated around the world?

A. World River Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of every September around the World. This year the World River Day 2023 will take place on 24 September 2023.

Q3. What is the theme of World Rivers Day 2023?

A. The theme for World Rivers Day 2023 is “Rights of Rivers”

Let us know what steps have you taken to celebrate World Rivers Day in the comment section below. Keep reading our trending events blogs on Leverage Edu to stay informed about the news and important dates in the world of education!

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