World Water Day 2016

Dr Eklabya Sharma Director of  Programme Operations, ICIMOD gave opening remarks at the Nepal National Water Week on 17th March 2016

World Water Day is marked on 22 March every year. It's a day to celebrate water. It's a day to make a difference for members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It's a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future. In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day.  Water Day is celebrated around the world every year, shining a spotlight on different issues.  

Water is the foundation for all aspects of human and societal progress. While we need to ensure access to safe water for 1.8 billion people who do not have it today, we must also manage the global rise in demand for water from growing economies by increasing water productivity, and find incentives for using it more effectively.  

Water is at the core of sustainable development. Water resources, and the range of services they provide, underpin poverty reduction, economic growth and environmental sustainability. From food and energy security to human and environmental health, water contributes to improvements in social well-being and inclusive growth, affecting the livelihoods of billions.   

Water and jobs are closely interlinked and interdependent. 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.  Floating agricultural techniques, fisheries, hydro power generation, boating in lakes and rivers, and water mills in the mountains, to name a few, are the sources of jobs created by water.  Water gives jobs water gives life.

Objectives of World Water Day  2016

  • Raise awareness of the inter-linkages between water and jobs
  • Provide platform for open discussions on how water creates jobs 

The theme for this year’s World  Water Day is Water & Jobs                                                                             

Internal programme

  1. Message from the Director General
  2. Article for local daily, "Addressing water scarcity" by Santosh Nepal and Nilhari Neupane
  3. Article for the regional media uptake, "Hotter, drier, wetter: How to face the future?" by Arun B Shrestha for World Meteorological Day, 23 March 2016
  4. Knowledge forum with Bel Prasad Shrestha and Damber Nepali on 'Water and Jobs'   
  5. Poster exhibition - poster exhibition on 'Water & livelihood' for the main day programme.
  6. Participation of ICIMOD's experts in the programmes organised by Nepal Government.
  7. Exhibition of the posters 'Water and livelihood' at the government's programme

ICIMOD country office in Pakistan is organizing a seminar on ‘Water and Jobs- Empowering Young Professional’