World Water Day: Water and Jobs

World Water Day: Water and Jobs



22 March 2016

WMO joins the international community in celebrating World Water Day 22 March. The theme this year is Water and Jobs

Roughly 40% of the world’s jobs are directly linked to water. Together with the jobs that depend on water indirectly, about 80% of the world’s economic activity is water related. Water is a major job creator, but at the same time, the absence of water of good quality is a major threat to jobs.

“Information about water is key to manage resources and risks with regard to agriculture, energy, and health and to warn and protect people threatened by floods and droughts,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.

“WMO supports its Members in producing high-quality, reliable water information and services in support of sustainable management and development through the Global Framework for Climate Services. These services are also crucial to set the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development agenda on track for success,” said Mr Taalas.

“Water sustainability starts with creating and communicating reliable baseline information on where we stand today in terms of water resources and water related risks. This is dependent on the people that cooperate to secure sustainable measurements and the sharing of data and information. It ends with the jobs that provide water-relevant services, tools and information that help water managers to do a better job.”

Please join us in the effort to support this vital chain,” said Mr Taalas.

World Water Day website is here

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