March 22, 2017

 Live From The Vatican on World Water Day

Watershed: March 22, 2017

Watch the event from anywhere in the world at 10 AM CET via our livestream at

“Access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, […] is essential to human survival and […] is a condition for the exercise of other human rights.”

Pope Francis Encyclical Letter Laudato si’ Chapter 2, para. 30

“Above all, we must redouble our efforts to protect and strengthen our systems of global collaboration. Nowhere is this more urgent than in relation to the environment …. More than ever, this is a time for all stakeholders to recognize the role they can play by exercising responsible and responsive leadership on global risks.”

WEF Global Risks Report 2017 12th Edition

“Watershed marks the launch of a new chapter in the global water dialogue– a dialogue that is more inclusive, more informed and more capable of effecting long term change around the values and value of water.”

Msgr. Tomasz TrafnyHead of Science and Faith Department Pontifical Council for Culture, The Vatican

On March 22nd, World Water Day 2017, Pope Francis will inspire a global conversation. His address from the Vatican will help shift how the world values and understands its single most precious resource: water. Immediately following the Papal address, at 10:30 a.m. CET, 400 thought leaders from around the world will convene at WATERSHED. These policy makers and academics, together with students, artists, business leaders and men and women from the most at-risk populations will begin an unprecedented dialogue around the value and values of water.

The conference is co-hosted by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture and the Club of Rome.

Collaborating partners include Circle of Blue, with input from the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on the Environment.

Everyone has a Water Story: What is yours?

It’s a story of love, hope, abundance, beauty, scarcity, excess, life, death. It’s your water story.

What is its value?
What are your values?
What does water mean to you?
What role does water play in your daily life?

Your water stories will show the world how water affects your life, community and culture.

To share your water story, explore the six water themes. Each theme features prompts that ask you to submit a story using different media types (social media, video, audio, photos, drawings and multimedia). Share your stories on social media using the hashtag #MyWaterStory or upload your files here.

Learn how you can share your water story.


1.6 billion people currently live in countries and regions with absolute water scarcity. That number is expected to rise to 2.8 billion people by 2025. (World Bank)


69 percent of the water taken from rivers, lakes, and aquifers is used to grow food, globally. Another 19% goes to industrial production, and 12% is used for city water services. (FAO)


Women and children spend 125 million hours collecting fresh water every day. Individual women and children spend as many as six hours collecting fresh water daily. (

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