World Water Day

World Water Day is an annual event organised by the United Nations that will be celebrated on Wednesday 22nd March 2017. The day is observed internationally as an “opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference.”

You can find out more information on the UN World Water Day website.

JustWater has been organized to coincide with World Water Day so that the programme can support the excellent work being done and add to the places, voices and actions on water around the world. The JustWater programme begins at the start of Lent 2017 (1st March) and runs through World Water Day and beyond.

Key Locations & Events

There are a wide range of events and activities taking place as part of the JustWater international programme. Below you can find a chronological list of some of the events being run by the four key partners, as well as highlighting some of the other events run independently around the world.

Click through the event titles below for more information where available.  Check back regularly for updates and make sure to follow #JustWater17 for news and outputs from the events.


Lent Water Sermons
3.15pm Evensong, All Sundays in Lent
St Paul’s Cathedral, London
A series of sermons throughout Lent on the significance and theology of water.  Featuring (in order, starting March 5): The Revd Canon Dr Edmund Newell; the Revd Canon John Rodwell; Lorraine Kingsley; Barbara Ridpath; the Rt Revd James Jones KBE; and the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, Lord Bishop of Salisbury.

Is it safe to drink the water? Healthy humans and water justice
March 15, 6:05pm
St Mary-le-Bow Church, London
Water is an essential element of life, something we all need to grow and thrive. We must establish healthy relationships between our own bodies and the water we need, and also look to areas around the world where access to clean drinking water and sanitation can be an everyday struggle.  Find out more and register here

Water of Life? Creation, Culture and the River Thames
March 23, 6:30pm
St Paul’s Cathedral, London
A large public event held under the iconic dome of St Paul’s Cathedral (London), this flagship event for the JustWater programme in the UK will host a wide range of performances, speakers and organisations present.

Featuring the 300th anniversary performance of Handel’s Water Music; David Vaughan OBE, Director of Science at the British Antarctic Survey; Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency; Philip Fletcher CBE, former Chair of the Church of England’s Mission and Public Affairs Council; archaeology from the Thames Discovery Programme; poetry readings from Jane Draycott; new artworks from Pablo Genovés and more to be announced.  Find out more and register here


Trinity Institute 2017: Water Justice
March 22–24, Global Conference
Trinity Wall Street Church, NYC
A global conference held by Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City and webcast all over the world. With a sharp focus on the need for water justice initiatives in areas of access, droughts, pollution, rising tides, and flooding, Trinity Institute aims to offer actionable guidance for individuals, congregations, and the larger faith community surrounding these issues.  Find out more and register here


All Melbourne sessions – aside from the lunch on March 23 – are free; however attendees are asked to register for administrative purposes.

JustWater: Discussing the Issues
March 21, 6.00pm
St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne
Panel discussion with internationally renowned academics and practitioners, Prof John Langford and Prof Peter Rayner of Melbourne University, along with ABC Radio science broadcaster Tim Thwaites, discuss issues around provision of clean water and good sanitation, food production, cultural issues and water infrastructure.

Combined Worship Service and Keynote Address
March 23, 10am
St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne
Live-streamed worship service with Trinity Church Wall Street, New York, in which we will be leading the prayers, and Archbishop Winston Halapua (Polynesia) will preach. A keynote address by former US Senator Barbara Boxer will follow.

Does Aid Work?
March 23, 1.30pm
St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne
Following a sandwich lunch, representatives of Anglican Overseas Aid and Water Aid will explain why aid is still necessary and how it helps, and will outline their current water and sanitation projects.

Yarra River Ride
Any time
Yarra River, Melbourne
A planned cycling / walking excursion for primary school students along Melbourne’s iconic Yarra River. The excursion can be done at any time, and the accompanying workbook can be downloaded here.


Water Justice Conference
March 23 – 25
St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town
This conference at St George’s Cathedral is the Cape Town leg of the conference organised by Trinity Institute. The regional conference in Cape Town will feature local speakers including Professor Sue Harrison, Director of UCT’s Future Water Institute, and Dr Kevin Winter of UCT’s Department of Environmental and Geographical Science alongside additional content pertaining specifically to the Southern African region.  Find out more and register here