22.03.2016 - UNESCO Office in Juba

UNESCO joins South Sudan in celebrating World Water Day

South Sudan with the support from UNESCO and other partners, will join the rest of the world to celebrate World Water Day (WWD) under the theme “Water and Jobs: Better Water, Better Jobs” at Quality hotel, Juba on 22nd March 2016. The event also will be used to mark National Nile Day in the Republic of South Sudan.

World Water Day is an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference. World Water Day dates back to 1992 United Nations Conference on Environmental and Development where an international observance for water was recommended. The United Nations General Assembly designated 22nd March 1993 as the first World Water Day. It has been held annually since then.

UNESCO is working to build the scientific knowledge base to help countries manage their water resources in a sustainable way and believes that freshwater is the most important resource for mankind, cross-cutting all social, economic and environmental activities. 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

To achieve water security, “we must protect vulnerable water systems, mitigate the impacts of water-related hazards such as floods and droughts, safeguard access to water services and manage water resources in an integrated and equitable manner” says UNESCO. 

As the lead United Nations agency for water sciences and education, UNESCO is working all-out to ensure sustainable water management to eradicate poverty, promote growth and craft a future of decent work for all. UNESCO is committed to advancing these goals across the board, drawing on its unique ‘water family’, including UNESCO’s International hydrological Programme, the Institute for Water Education in Delft, the World Water Assessment Programme in Perugia, its network of National Committees, Centres and Chairs. UNESCO’s 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.

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

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Yohannes Subagadis

Hydrologist and Disaster Risk Management Specialist

UNESCO Juba office

Tel: +211 920 002 696

E-mail: yh.subagadis@unesco.org

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