Dhaka, Bangladesh
Call to save rivers, nature of country

World Rivers Day today

Call to save rivers, nature of country

The World Rivers Day-2018 will be observed in the country as elsewhere across the globe today (Sunday), reports UNB. World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world’s waterways that highlight the many values of our rivers, strives to increase public awareness, and encourages the improved stewardship of all rivers around the world. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate massages on the occasion. In his massage, President hoped that the strong steps of National River Conservation Commission would play an important role in overall economic development of the country. Prime Minster Sheikh Hasina said the observation of the World Rivers Day would create awareness among the people. She also urged the people of all walks of life to perform active role in saving rivers and nature of the country. In 2005, the United Nations (UN) launched the ‘Water for Life Decade’ to help creating a greater awareness of the need to better care for our water resources. Following this, the establishment of World Rivers Day was in response to a proposal initiated by internationally renowned river advocate Mark Angelo. A World Rivers Day event was seen by agencies of the UN as a good fit for the aims of the Water for Life Decade and the proposal was approved. River enthusiasts from around the world came together to organise the first event in 2005 which was a great success and World Rivers Day was celebrated across dozens of countries. Since then, the event has continued to grow and it is annually celebrated on the last Sunday of every September. Bangladesh has been observing the World Rivers Day since 2010.

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