WDPD 2021


The United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted a historic resolution on global drowning prevention on 28 April 2021. The resolution recognises the scale and impact of drowning prevention globally, and calls for coordinated multisectoral action to prevent drowning, a leading cause of injury-related death and disability worldwide.

A key element of the resolution is that it establishes a new UN-recognised World Drowning Prevention Day. All stakeholders, including governments, non- governmental organisations and their partners, are invited and encouraged to contribute to, and engage in, this global day of activity.

25th July 2021 has been declared the first World Drowning Prevention Day (WDPD) and the Royal Life Saving Society believes this is an important and memorable day not only for the drowning prevention community worldwide but for those families who have sadly lost loved ones through drowning.

The Royal Life Saving Society and it’s members have various activities planned to mark the first World Drowning Prevention Day on Sunday 25 July 2021.

One of the activities we are launching is a campaign to show your support and promote World Drowning Prevention Day.  We have created a sign for you to download and print and ask that you take a photo of yourself, and the sign, in an unusual place/setting or at an event you may be organising or taking part in for World Drowning Prevention Day.  Upload your photos to social media and tag us Facebook and Instagram @rlsscommonwealth and Twitter @rlsscw and use the hashtag #drowning prevention.


World Drowning Prevention Day Webinar

On Wednesday 28 July 2021, the World Health Organization will be hosting a  virtual commemoration “Global, national and local reflections on World Drowning Prevention Day 2021” to mark the first World Drowning Prevention Day.  This webinar will highlight celebrations around the world, explore priority actions in the field and generate momentum for drowning prevention to save lives.

To register visit the following link

Useful links and resources

About World Drowning Prevention Day (UN Observance Calendar)

WHO World Drowning Prevention Day Information Page

World Drowning Prevention Day 2021 RLSS Commonwealth Newsletter