22 March Friday

Istanbul to Shine in Blue Lights for World Water Day

The Galata and Beyazit Towers will be illuminated with blue color to draw attention on World Water Day.

The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) will illuminate both Galata and Beyazıt Towers with blue color due to the World Water Day, which occurs on 22 March, 2019. In addition, the three existing bridges on the Bosphorus such as 15 July Martyrs' Bridge, FSM Bridge, and YSS Bridge will also be illuminated with blue color to draw attention on World Water Day on March 22, 2019.

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Energy Management and Lighting Department will illuminate the Galata and Bayezit Towers, which are decorated with color and light shows on important days and weeks, during the World Water Day activities.

The Galata and Beyazıt Towers, the two of the most important symbols of Istanbul will be illuminated with blue from the evening hours (19:30 p.m.) until the next day (Saturday morning) due to the World Water Day, which occurs on 22 March, 2019.

International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.

The 5th World Water Forum, held from March 16 to 22, 2009, brought together 33,058 attendees in total, from 192 countries with the overarching theme of 'bridging divides for water'.

Why a World Water Day?

World Water Day is an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water-related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference. Each year, UN-Water — the entity that coordinates the UN’s work on water and sanitation — sets a theme for World Water Day corresponding to a current or future challenge. The engagement campaign is coordinated by one or several of the UN-Water Members with a related mandate.

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