International World Water Day 2016: water and jobs

Key Details

 Today is World Water Day.

International World Water Day tries to remind people about the significance of fresh water and to promote sustainability for fresh water resources’ management. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future.

According to the UN, 783 million people around the world still lack access to clean water, and millions who work in water related industries do not have their rights protected.

 What is it?

  • World Water Day is part of a global mission to get safer water for all.
  • It’s a day for people to learn, get involved and take action.
  • This is the 23rd year, and it is organized by UN Water.
  • A theme is set each year by the United Nations organization.

 Origin of World Water Day

  • The UN decided back in 1992 there needed to be more global awareness on water issues.
  • The United Nations General Assembly decided March 22, 1993, would be the first World Water Day, and it has been held annually since.

 What is the theme for 2016?

  • Each year World Water Day highlights a specific theme of freshwater.
  • For this year the theme is water and jobs.

Better water, better jobs

  • The aim is to raise awareness on how clean water can change the lives of workers, and even transform entire societies and economies.
  • UN Water found out that almost half the world’s working population (1.5 billion of us) work in water-related sectors, and nearly all jobs depend on water and the people who ensure its safe delivery.
  • But the millions of people who work in water related industries aren’t always recognized or protected by even basic labour rights.
  • By improving these rights, and improving access to safer water, everyone’s life can be improved.

The theme in 2016 – water and jobs -show how enough quantity and quality of water can change workers’ lives and livelihoods – and even transform societies and economies.

Various events around the world

  • World Water Day was officially assigned to 22 March in 1993 by the United Nations General Assembly.
  • The event includes official and milestone events as well as many other events organized by various stakeholders around the world.
  • The official World Water Day event 2016 will be celebrated at the headquarter of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Among other activities, the United Nations World Water Development Report 2016 will be launched during the celebrations
  • World Water Day in 2017 will be around waste water and in 2018 around Nature-based solutions for water.

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