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6K Walk for Water

Date: 04/09/2014 Description: Women carrying water into the sunset.  © AP Image

The U.S. Department of State will be hosting the annual 6k Walk for Water on April 23, 2015, as part of the Department’s 2015 Earth Day celebrations.

The Embassy of Sweden will host a water break at the halfway point, where walkers will hear from experts from the World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and WASH Advocates about water issues from around the world. New this year, the walk will be a featured event in the Department’s annual Take Your Child to Work Day celebrations. Kids can do our 6k Water Walk Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win a prize.

The walk will start with remarks from the Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Cathy Novelli; the Director of the District Department of the Environment Tommy Wells; as well as two Ambassadors! The fun starts at 2201 C St NW (outside the Department’s main entrance).

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The annual 6k Walk for Water is organized to acknowledge the millions of people in the developing world, most often women and girls, who walk an average of six kilometers to collect water for their families. The task of collecting water keeps children out of school and prevents women from engaging in other, more productive economic activities. The event also recognizes that clean water resources are essential for a healthy planet and have widespread implications for the global environment, health, economy, food security, and gender equity.

The event is open to the public and to press.

See photos from last year’s walk here.


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