World Water Day marked around the world

Events are taking place around the world to mark World Water Day 2013.

This year's theme is about water cooperation - whether at the local scale in deciding how water should be apportioned, or at the international scale where resources cross borders.

People collect drinking water from a water tanker in Kolkata, India Credit: REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Here are some facts the UN has released to spread awareness of the problem:

  • Three-and-a-half planets would be needed to if the whole population was to attain the living standards of an average European.
Dancers take part in a performance marking World Water Day in a fountain in Mexico City, Mexico Credit: REUTERS/Bernardo Montoya
  • Almost 800 million people do not have access to clean water; almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation.
A Filipino farmer pours water in Taguig City. Agriculture is the largest single use of water. Credit: REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo
  • Between six and eight million people die annually from the consequences of disasters and water-related diseases.