Water means different things to each of us but one thing is certain – it is vital for our lives.

This is why the UN designates 22 March every year as World Water Day: a day to celebrate life-giving water.

Safe water transforms lives. We want everyone, everywhere to have clean water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030 and we believe this goal is possible.

Today 748 million people around the world still have no clean water to drink.

Without it children get sick and miss school. Women waste hours walking for water rather than spending time more productively.

2015 is the year we can get clean water and safe toilets to the top of the global agenda. In September, the world will sign up to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), new targets to end extreme poverty by 2030.

So, this World Water Day we asked you to get involved and think about what water means to you and help us call for water and sanitation to be prioritised in these new goals – bringing better health and prosperity for millions around the world.

1. Watch our sH2Ort films

Filmmakers from around the world have been making one minute films giving their unique perspective on the theme of water. After entries from 33 countries, 21 films were shortlisted and judged by our esteemed panel. The votes are now in, and we're thrilled to announce the winners.
Watch the films >

 Watch a video

2. Give children a Healthy Start

Water, sanitation and hygiene are vital for good health, particularly for children in the poorest and most marginalised communities. As well as a dedicated SDG on universal access to water and sanitation – these essential services must be prioritised in health policies and practices too.
Learn about our new campagin >

 Give children a healthy start

3. Walk for Water

Thousands of people across the world took to the streets to walk and demand action to address the water and sanitation crisis. They walked in solidarity with the millions still forced to walk for water and defecate in the open.
World walks for water and sanitation >

 Walk for water