“There is no life without water”
and "Water is work." These words from Guy Ryder, the ILO Director-General and Chair of UN-Water, encapsulate the theme of World Water Day 2016 (1).
The Centre is taking part in World Water Day (WWD), 22 March, with a focus on the importance of access to drinking water and water resources. Since its launch in 1992 (at the UN Conference on Environment and Development), WWD has had a different thematic focus each year, supported by the release of the World Water Development Report highlighting the importance of the theme, providing policy advice and sharing supportive experiences. The topic of this year is “Water and Jobs”.
The Centre is increasingly implementing solutions in order to save water: the most recent step is the provision of automatic water dispensers in classrooms and hotel facilities, offering purified and filtered tap water.
In addition, as a Green Campus Initiative, the Centre recommends the use of personal water bottles by participants and staff, as a concrete step towards achieving environmental sustainability on campus.
(1) Watch his video message commemorating this event and learn more about the myriad ways that water is vital to sustainable development http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/home/en/