Title : 8th World Water Day
Stamp Serial#
2058 
KPC#
C-1571 
MICHEL#
2086 
StanGib#
2393 
Scott#
2019 
Date of Issue
03/22/2000 
Quantity
2,000,000 
Denomination
170 won 
Design
Pure Hearts of Children 
Designer
Kim, Sung-am 
Image Area
33mm * 23mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5 * 4 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
We can no longer take water for granted. Approximately 40 percent of the world population is without an adequate supply of safe water, and the problem has important implications for all nations. As one of many countries currently suffering from a water shortfall, Korea needs to change the ways it thinks about water.

As the problems of water shortage and contamination continue to worsen, the United Nations General Assembly has designated March 22nd as World Water Day in order to raise public awareness about the benefits of this precious resource and the importance of preventing shortages and lowering pollution levels. In Korea. the demand for water has increased rapidly since the 1960s as a result of intense social and economic development, while urbanization and industrialization have been responsible for a deteriorating water quality that has been making the available supplies unsuitable for human consumption. Worse, prolonged droughts and frequent floods due to global climate change have rendered adequate and timely water management ever more difficult. In 1990, Korea declared July 1 ‘Water Day,’ as water demand usually reaches its peak around this time of year, with subsequent vulnerability to water-related disasters. Water Day was observed with a wide variety of commemorative events, including ceremonies, water symposia, photo exhibits, writing contests on water, and reservoir cleanup campaigns nationwide. In 1995, however, the date was changed to March 22 in order to comply with the UN’s request that Korea join in the observance of ‘World Water Day.’

This commemorative stamp for the 8th World Water Day showcases Kim Chin-sook's "Pure Hearts of Children," the winning design in the 1999 World Postage Stamp Design Contest.