UN Observance Day – World Water Day

Water is life. This is why every year, on March 22nd, the world celebrates World Water Day (WWD). The UN commemorates this day to focus on “the importance of freshwater and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.”shutterstock_380936602

On this observance day, States are encouraged to hold public awareness activities, including: the production and dissemination of documentaries, the organization of conferences, roundtables, seminars and expositions related to “the conservation and development of water resources”.

Besides being vital for life, water helps create jobs and support social, economic and human development. Today, about half of the world’s workers operate in water-related sectors. Regardless of its importance, millions of people “whose livelihoods depend on water are often not recognized or protected by basic labour rights.” Each year UN-Water (the entity that coordinates the UN’s work on water and sanitation) establishes the main theme of WWD and this year it is: “The central role that water plays in creating and supporting good quality jobs.”

Moreover, every year UN-Water releases a World Water Development Report (WWDR) that focuses on different strategic issues to provide decision-makers with the tools to implement “sustainable use of water resources.”  According to last year’s report, by 2050 agriculture will need to produce 60% more food globally, and 100% more in developing countries.

Therefore, the world needs better models, more powerful data analysis methods, and design of adaptive management strategies to effectively respond to changing and uncertain conditions.

If you would like to learn about this year’s report, please go to: http://www.unwater.org/publications/world-water-development-report/en/, which will be released on March 22nd, 2016.

To watch this year’s official trailer please visit this link: https://youtu.be/gJhHUqwtnmY

More information: http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/about/en/

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