WMO joins the international community in celebrating World Water Day 2017, under the theme of “wastewater,” and is stepping up efforts to ensure that water is not wasted.
Water is at the core of sustainable development and is key to economic growth, the environment and life. At the same time, water has been identified as the 3rd global risk in terms of impact by the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2017. To mark the occasion, a new edition of the World Water Development Report 2017, titled “Wastewater, The Untapped Resource” was published by the World Water Assessment Programme.
Although the collection, monitoring and sharing of water quantity and quality data is a prerequisite to identify effective and timely solutions in cases of deterioration of surface and groundwater quality – an estimated 30% of countries do not have data on their wastewater.
“WMO is fully committed to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its High-Level Political Forum through its mandate and programmes. In line with the Sustainable Development Goal on Water, WMO’s World Hydrological Cycle Observing System (WHYCOS) assists National Meteorological and Hydrological Services that provide water data and analyses to help ensure that water quantity and quality is safe for both humans and the environment,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.
WMO’s latest initiative, the HydroHub, established by the WMO Executive Council in 2016, will further enhance the monitoring networks in the context of the WHYCOS programme.
Strategically positioned within the Water and Climate department of WMO, the HydroHub is designed to mobilize and bring together actors of the water community and beyond, to support the full value chain – from data generation to knowledge sharing – by building on past and current capacities, while enabling innovative approaches, delivering technical assistance and facilitating free and open data sharing for international cooperation. The newly established HydroHub is designed to become fully functional in 2018.
WMO encourages everyone to come together to push the water agenda forward and highlight the importance of this precious resource for life, sustainable development and growth – and wishes all a fruitful World Water Day celebration.