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UNITED NATIONS Brad Davis USA Jersey , March 22 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations on Tuesday stressed the link between water and jobs, which echoed this year's theme for World Water Day -- ""Better water and better jobs.""
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a message to mark the World Water Day, noted that despite its paramount importance, water as a sector does not generally receive the attention it deserves.
With nearly half of the world's workers employed in water-related sectors, sustainable access to safe water can change lives and livelihoods.
""Water is central to human survival, the environment and the economy Bobby Wood USA Jersey ,"" the secretary-general said, adding that the World Water Day is an opportunity for everyone to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference.
Water is the essential building block of life. But it is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health, water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development.
Today, half of the world's workers -- 1.5 billion people -- work in water-related sectors. Moreover Blank USA Jersey , nearly all jobs, regardless of the sector, depend directly on water. Despite the indelible link between jobs and water, millions of people whose livelihoods depend on water are often not recognized or protected by basic labor rights.
Ban pointed out in his message that people with the least access to water and sanitation often also lack access to health care and stable jobs, perpetuating the cycle of poverty.
""The basic provision of adequate water, sanitation and hygiene services at home, at school and in the workplace enables a robust economy by contributing to a healthy and productive population and workforce Bill Hamid USA Jersey ,"" he said, voicing his concern at gaps in accessing water and sanitation between men and women, cities and countryside, and the rich and the poor.
He called for bold action to address water inequality, as parts of the effort to realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, approved by world leaders in September 2015 to serve as the blueprint for the global development efforts for the next 15 years, whose Goal aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
The importance of water in the job sector was marked with an official World Water Day event at the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva Aron Johannsson USA Jersey , Switzerland, convened on behalf of the UN inter-agency mechanism on all freshwater-related issues, UN-Water.
In his video message, ILO Director-General and Chair of UN-Water Guy Ryder said ""the fact is that water is work."" He highlighted the situation of some 1.5 billion people who work in water-related sectors, many of whom are not recognized for the work they do, nor protected by basic labor rights.