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Monday, 21 March 2016

World Water Day 2016, March 22.

" Water and Jobs " is the Theme of the World Water Day 2016
Тема 2016 года «Водные ресурсы и трудоустройство»
Tema 2016: «El agua y el empleo».
Thème 2016 :  L’eau et l'emploi.
 موضوع عام 2016: مياه أفضل وظائف أفضل

Statements :
In his message for World Water Day, Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General and Chair of UN-Water, highlights the situation of the some 1.5 billion people who work in water, many of whom are not recognized for the work they do, or protected by basic labour rights.

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of World Water Day 22 March 2016.
Between 1990 and 2010, 2.3 billion people gained access to improved drinking water sources. This is positive, but not enough. More than 700 million people still do not have access to clean and safe water for a healthy life. The 2016 United Nations World Water Development Report estimates that some 2 billion people require access to improved sanitation, with girls and women especially disadvantaged. Many developing countries are in water stress hotspots, and likely to be hit hardest by climate change. At the same time, demand for water is soaring, especially in emerging economies where agriculture, industry, and cities are developing at a fast pace.
The stakes are high. Water is fundamental to life. It is vital for more inclusive and sustainable development.
This is why water stands at the heart of the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Water is highlighted in Goal 6 on ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation, and important for the success of all other objectives – including for advancing the prospect of decent work for all, the focus of the 2016 World Water Development Report.
Water is vital for agriculture, industry, transport and the production of energy and is an engine for economic growth. It generates and sustains jobs worldwide, but attaining the development goals will not just be a matter of adequate resources of water as a raw material. Water quality and sanitation remains essential in providing a decent livelihood. Of the 2.3 million work-related deaths every year, 17 percent can be linked to communicable diseases and unsafe drinking water. This is why safe drinking water and sanitation at the workplace must become priorities everywhere. Meeting the challenge of creating and preserving decent jobs in the face of climate change and water scarcity will require far greater investments in science, technology and innovation. The evidence shows that investing in water infrastructure and services can have high returns for both economic development and job creation. It is important that these investments are planned with all relevant sectors, including agriculture, energy and industry, to ensure they produce the best outcomes for all.
Lead United Nations agency for water sciences and education, UNESCO is working all-out to these ends. This starts with the International Hydrological Programme and its network of National Committees, Centres and Chairs. The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education has trained thousands of water scientists and engineers from developing countries since 2003. Our World Water Assessment Programme provides Governments and the international community with cutting-edge and policy-relevant information on freshwater resources worldwide and is pioneering new techniques in gender-sensitive water monitoring. All of this will be vital in taking the 2030 Agenda to fruition.
Moving forward requires action across the field -- by Governments, by civil society and by the private sector. The challenges we face from climate change, water scarcity and the displacement of low-skilled workers are enormous. But promoting high-quality jobs, while preserving the environment and ensuring sustainable water management will help to eradicate poverty, promote growth and craft a future of decent work for all. This is UNESCO’s message today.
Irina Bokova

 Forum :  World Water Day - March 22.
Better water, better jobs.
A focus on Sustainable Development Goal 6 and 17 - UN-Water
"Water and Jobs" is the theme of World Water Day 2016. It is coordinated, on behalf of UN--‐Water, by the International Labour Organization (ILO) --‐ the UN entity that promotes rights at work, encourages decent employment opportunities, enhances social protection and strengthens dialogue on work--‐related issues.
The theme highlights how both water and jobs have the power to transform people’s lives: Water is central to human survival, the environment and the economy and decent work can provide income and pave the way for broader social and economic advancements.
One Billion - Poster WWD-2016
Today, almost half of the world's workers --‐ 1.5 billion people --‐ work in water related sectors and nearly all jobs depend on water and those that ensure its safe delivery.
Yet the millions of people who work in water are often not recognized or protected by basic labour rights. Take the example of a young girl who has to walk for hours every day to fetch water for her family. This is a job. But it's not paid and it's not recognized. If the delivery of water was ensured, this girl could be in school instead.
Water and sanitation also has a strong impact on workers’ lives and health. 2 million work related deaths happen every year. Out of those, 17% are water--‐related (poor quality drinking water, poor sanitation, poor hygiene and related lack of knowledge). For example, in some factories women use rags from the factory floor for menstrual cloths as there is no access to improved sanitation facilities. These cloths are charged with chemicals and often freshly dyed
which can lead to infections and even death.
With the 2030 Agenda - Poster  WWD-2016
The basic provision of adequate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services at home and in the workplace enables a robust economy by contributing to a healthy and productive population and workforce, with benefit--‐to--‐cost ratios as high as 7 to 1 for basic water and sanitation services in developing countries.
Conversely, people who have the least access to water and sanitation are usually the most likely to have poor access to health care and stable jobs, thus feeding the cycle of poverty.
In this regard, equality gaps persist between urban and rural dwellers, across genders, and between the richest and poorest segments of the population.
Water also affects workers lives through its quality. Water affects workers’ lives through its presence, its quality and its quantity. In the irrigated agriculture sector for example, which represents 70% of freshwater withdrawals worldwide, a farmer's job depend on their ability to manage the available freshwater while at the same time facing challenges such as groundwater depletion, climate change and water scarcity.
In the forestry sector, it is sometimes necessary to reduce deforestation, to avoid water shortages or excess water flows with negative impacts on a region, resulting in lay--‐offs in the industry. Sustainable water management in its broadest sense, which encompasses ecosystems protection and restoration, integrated water resources management (IWRM) as well as infrastructure development, operation and maintenance, combined with access to a safe, reliable and affordable supply of water and adequate sanitation services, creates an enabling environment for long--‐term employment opportunities, as well as development and growth across different economic sectors.
Water has the ability to create paid and decent jobs. It can contribute to a greener economy and sustainable development. But for this to happen, we need more qualified workers. And we need those workers to work in dignity, equality, safety and have a fair income.
You can read more about the relationship between water and jobs in the resources on page age 8 in this guide but also in the World Water Development Report that is released on 22 March 2016.
Facts :
Walking Every Day - Poster WWD-2016
Water, economy and jobs
Improving water productivity to close the worldwide gap between supply
and demand for water will cost US$50--‐60 billion annually over the next 20 years. With private sector investment comprising about half of that spending, positive returns could be expected in just three years (Boccaletti et al., 2009).
It is estimated that 95% of jobs in the agriculture sector, 30% of jobs in the industry sector, and 10% of jobs in the services sector are heavily dependent on water. It is estimated that 5% of jobs in the agriculture sector, 60% of jobs in the industry sector and 30% of jobs in the services sector are moderately dependent on water. Nonetheless, not every job in the various subsector categories is equally dependent on water.
An estimated 40% of the global economically--‐active population work in crop
and animal production, fisheries or hunting. Yet, only 20% are employed as waged workers (World Bank, 2005), and the remaining are self--‐employed
or contribute family labour to around 570 million farms.
Worldwide, some of the most water--‐intensive industry sectors employ
great numbers of people: 22 million in food and drink (with 40% women), 20 million in chemical, pharmaceutical, and rubber and tyres, as well as 18 million in electronics.
Water supply and wastewater facilities operators employ about 80% of the workers in the water industry (UNESCO--‐UNEVOC, 2012).
The energy sector, with growing water withdrawal that currently accounts
for about 15% of the world’s total, provides direct employment.
1.5 billion People Poster WWD-2016
Global perspectives on water
Freshwater withdrawals have increased globally by about 1% per year since 1980’s, mainly due to growing demand in developing countries.
Water resources are under pressure, with water scarcity affecting around 40% of the global population (CAWMA, 2007).
An estimated 663 million people lack ready access to improved sources of drinking water (WHO/UNICEF, 2015).
Between 2011 and 2050, the world population is expected to increase by 33%,
growing from 7.0 billion to 9.3 billion (UN DESA, 2011), and food demand will rise by 70% in the same period (Bruinsma, 2009).
Agriculture accounts for roughly 70% of total freshwater withdrawals globally
and for over 90% in the majority of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) (FAO, 2011). Without improved efficiency measures, agricultural water consumption is expected to increase by about 20% globally by 2050 (WWAP, 2012).
Every Hours - Poster WWD-2016
Human rights, sustainable development and gender.
The right to work is enunciated in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UN, 1948), which states: ’Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.'
The 1998 adopted ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Adopted further commits Member States to respect and promote principles and rights in four categories, whether or not they have ratified the relevant Conventions.
There are 2.3 million work--‐related deaths annually.
Work--‐related communicable diseases contribute to 17 % of these deaths and, in that category, the main contributing and preventable factors comprised poor- ‐quality drinking water, poor sanitation, poor hygiene and related lack of knowledge.
The male to female employment ratio has remained steady over the past 25 years, with women accounting for 40% of the global active workforce.
Globally, in 2014 roughly 520 million men and 410 million women were employed in agriculture, accounting for one third of all employed women.
Globally, about 50% of women were working in 2014, compared to 77% of men. In 1995, these figures were 52% and 80% respectively (ILO, 2015).
About three quarters of households in sub--‐Saharan Africa fetch water from a source away from their home (WHO/UNICEF, 2012) and 50% to 85% of the time, women are responsible for this task (ILO/WGF, n.d.).


Feeding More - Poster WWD-2016

In order to disseminate these key findings and to add momentum to the official launch event in Geneva (22 March), WWAP is organizing an information meeting for the representatives of the Member States at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 24 March and at the UN Headquarters in New York on 14 April. In parallel, various UNESCO Field Offices with their national partners and United Nations counterparts are organizing regional events on the topic ‘Water and Jobs’, spread over the globe, notably Almaty, Amman, Bangkok, Beijing, Brasilia, Cairo, Jakarta, Montevideo, Nairobi, New Delhi and Tashkent.


Publications : Investing in water is investing in Jobs.
The WWDR is an annual and thematic report that focuses on different strategic water issues each year and aims to provide decision-makers with the tools to implement sustainable use of our water resources. It also includes regional aspects, hotspots, examples and stories, making the report relevant to a broad range of readers, at different levels and in different geographical areas.
Launch of the UN World Water Development Report 2016 - Water & Jobs

The development of the WWDR, coordinated by the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), is a joint effort of the UN agencies and entities which make up UN-Water, working in partnership with governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders.

Resources :

Water and Jobs - the UN World Water Development Report 2016

The 2016 Report will provide the content and basis for debate throughout the year on the global theme ‘Water and Jobs’ of this year’s World Water Day. The Report illustrates that nearly 3 out of 4 jobs of the global workforce (3.2 billion people) are moderately or highly dependent upon access to water and water-related services and therefore states that “Water is essential to decent jobs and sustainable development”. Water stress and the lack of decent work can exacerbate security challenges, force migration and undo the progress made in the fight to eradicate poverty. 


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