08.06.2017 - Natural Sciences Sector

WWAP participates to the European Development Days

Flyer of the WWAP session at the EDD

How can sustainable water management enable the creation of decent jobs and the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?

On June 7th, WWAP took part to the European Development Days (EDD) and organize together with the European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO), a session on 'The central role of water for inclusive and sustainable growth and the creation of decent jobs'. Download the Flyer of the session

The session addressed the linkages between water management and job creation within the context of inclusive and sustainable growth including a circular economy. The most important findings of the United Nations World Water Development Report 2016 and 2017 on, respectively, Water and Jobs, and Wastewater: The Untapped Resource', have been presented and put in perspective to other socioeconomic phenomena such as migration and youth unemployment.

Water is a key element in the creation of jobs in various sectors: it is estimated that 3 out of 4 jobs worldwide are water-dependent. Moreover, water stress and the lack of decent work can contribute to distress migration and other societal phenomena. A thorough understanding and related policy implementation for the sustainable management of water resource are crucial to achieve the 2030 Agenda.

Watch the interview to Stefan Uhlenbrook, WWAP Coordinator at European Development Days

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