World Water Day: 5 facts you didn’t know

It’s World Water Day tomorrow (22nd March 2016) and to raise awareness, we’ve written a blog post to highlight some key issues around this year’s theme.

Let’s start at the beginning…

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’.  It dates back to the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development where an international observance for water was recommended.

Water and jobs

Each World Water Day has a different theme and this year’s theme is ‘water and jobs’. 1.5 billion people, almost half the world’s workers, work in water related sectors. This year’s theme is coordinated by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on behalf of UN-Water. The ILO is the UN entity that encourages decent employment opportunities, enhances social protection and strengthens dialogue on work-related issues.

Did you know?

80% of workers in the water industry are employed by water supply and wastewater facilities operators

2 million work related deaths happen every year, 17% of these are water related

1.5 billion people work in water related sectors worldwide

Women and children spend 125 million hours collecting water each day

40% of the global population are affected by water scarcity

 

Water has the ability to create paid and decent jobs, as well as contributing to a greener economy and sustainable development. Get involved and support World Water Day this year! We’ll be outside of the Curve all day on the 22nd. Come along, get some freebies and take part in our water game (you might even win some chocolate)!

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