5 April 2016
On 22 March 2016 the UN World Water Development Report "Water and Jobs" was officially launched in Geneva, Switzerland, on the occasion of the World Water Day. UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office has organized launch events of the Report in three Central Asian countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.The United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR) is annually produced by the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), hosted by UNESCO. The Report provides an exhaustive review of the state of global water resources and represents itself the result of collaboration between 31 UN agencies and 37 international partners that comprise UN-Water.
In 2016 the official launch event of the WWDR took place on March 22, World Water Day, at the Headquarters of the International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. In addition, a number of parallel launch events are taking place around the world at local and regional levels to raise awareness of national partners, relevant institutions and entities in the regions on the main conclusions and recommendations of the Report. The 2016 edition of the WWDR demonstrates how opportunities for employment growth and decent jobs are contingent upon the sustainable management of water resources and the provision of water-related services.
UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office, in cooperation with the Public Fund "Center “Cooperation for sustainable development", Central Asian Regional Water Network CAR@WAN and national stakeholders, has organized three launch events of the WWDR in Central Asia region: in Bishkek on March 31, in Almaty on April 4, and in Dushanbe on April 5. The events were held in the format of seminars and conferences on the occasion of the World Water Day, with participation of local authorities, relevant stakeholders, research and educational institutions, as well as representatives of international organizations and independent experts. UNESCO Almaty has also provided an opportunity to young water specialists and students to participate in these events, in order to present them the main findings of the report, which can be used in their future professional and research activities.
During the events the participants have discussed the main conclusions of the WWDR and a wide range of relevant issues, including training of water specialists, access to water and sanitation, water situation in the region and gender aspects in water resources management in their countries. The participants have emphasized the importance and relevance of the Report.
The full version of the Report in English, French and Spanish, as well as its Executive Summary in six UN languages can be downloaded free of charge from UNESCO website.