World Water Day 2019 


Water is an essential building block of life. It is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health; water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development.

2019 Theme: Leaving no one behind

The theme for World Water Day 2019 is ‘Leaving no one behind,’ which is the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit.

Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behind.

Today, millions of people in Yemen are living without safe and accessible water: water that is accessible on the premises, available when needed, and free from contamination. Their households, schools, communities, and agricultural production are struggling to survive and thrive.

Marginalized groups across Yemen – women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others – are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need.

Water, a human right

In 2010, the UN recognized “the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.”

The human right to water entitles everyone – without discrimination – to sufficient, safe, physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic use including potable water, personal sanitation, washing of clothes, food preparation, and agricultural and livestock purposes. 

People in Yemen are being left behind without safe water for many different reasons. To ‘leave no one behind’, UNDP in Yemen focuses efforts to include people who have been marginalized or ignored. We are working with local partners such as the Public Works Project and Social Fund for Development to meet the needs of marginalized groups across Yemen.

Below are a few of our stories and videos of the work that UNDP in Yemen has done to help bring water to thousands across Yemen, saving lives and restoring the dignity of the Yemen people. 


  • People are stronger when they work as a team

    "People have never had any elections whatsoever before in our village until they had to select the members of our Village Cooperative Council,”

  • Simple initiative quenches thirst and brings back life

    "a dream come true. We all worked on this reservoir as it addresses everyone’s eternal suffering."

  • Restoring Hope of Coffee Farmers Amidst Crisis in Yemen

    Mohammed was one of many coffee farmers in Burra who found hope with the Small and Micro Enterprise Promotion Service (SMEPS) intervention, a business resilience project funded by USAID and implemented by UNDP in partnership with Social Fund for Development (SFD) to expand their production through improving their value chain by using modern technologies and better farming methods.


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