World Rivers Day 2023: Meaning, Theme, Significance

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World Rivers Day

World Rivers Day is the annual event that is celebrated to spread awareness about the cleanliness of rivers. This event is celebrated every fourth Sunday 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 water bodies and the significance of World Rivers Day!

Name of the EventWorld Rivers Day
Founded ByMark Angelo
Started in2005
Date 24 September 2023
Approved ByUnited 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.”

Source: River World

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 water bodies, 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 for all 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 water bodies.

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Significance of World Rivers Day

The main motto behind this 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.

Source: River World

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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How to Celebrate World Rivers Day?

This special day can be celebrated through various activities. People can make collective efforts to conserve water bodies by cleaning them. Some states also conduct boat races. Farmers should be educated on the quantity of fertilizers, insecticides, and pesticides, used in fields that can harm the rivers. Educational workshops, seminars, competitions, etc are also conducted to spread awareness about the protection of rivers on World Rivers Day.

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Q1. Why is World Rivers Day Celebrated?

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

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”

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