The IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition brings over 5,500 water, environment and related professionals from more than 100 countries and offers new insights into how pioneering science, technological innovation and leading practices shape the major transformation in water management that is underway.
Across the globe, there are millions of water and sanitation related jobs ensuring that water services are available every day. What is the position of professional women in the sector and why are there so few? Research points to a clear divide between water for domestic use and productive uses of water. Women participate mainly in the domestic realm. What are the experiences and obstacles for women in the sector? What can the sector do to close the gap? In this session, women that made a career in the water sector tell their stories and provide tips and tricks.
At this event AquaFed is launching its new report:
WATER & JOBS. PRIVATE OPERATORS: EMPLOYERS AND JOBS CREATORS
The report highlights and explains the roles that private water operators play in water and formal employment:
The role of private operators in providing direct employment of people
The role of indirect employment of people through subcontractors and suppliers to private water operators
The role of water and wastewater services in stimulating local economies and enabling others to create jobs
July 23rd 2016
UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
Jack MOSS, AquaFed's Executive Director, attends Singapore International Water Week conference and Water Leaders Summit; accompanied by Balibago's Executive Director. Balibago is one of AquaFed's members in The Philipines. Other AquaFed members participate in boths events.
This year´s World Water Day is the 23rd edition of the day that was created at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 and was first celebrated in 1993.
Since then, it has been held annually. Each year, the coordination mechanism of the United Nations´ work on water and sanitation, UN-Water, defines the theme for the WWD. This year it is “Water and Jobs”.
AquaFed as a registered UN-Water partner has contributed to the elaboration of the World Water Development Report (WWDR) on “Water and Jobs”.
The Federation is invited to the launch of the Report at the headquarter of the World Labour Oranization in Geneva taking place at the celebrations of the 2016 World Water Day.
For 11 years UNSGAB, the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on water and Sanitation, has stimulated progresses of global policies and institutions related to water and sanitation. With the adoption of the post-2015 Agenda and its global Goal dedicated to Water and Sanitation, the work of UNSGAB comes to an end.
More information: http://www.unsgab.org/
AquaFed was invited to attend two meetings organised in New York to mark the conclusion of the work of UNSGAB.
The first of these was a closed meeting held at the invitation of the German government in the German house. AquaFed was one of about 50 invitees to listen to an overview of the accomplishments of UNSGAB and participate in two panel discussions. AquaFed was able to make one intervention to support the recommendations on the need for a high level intergovernmental committee on water at the United Nations and stress the importance of monitoring for the implementation of the 2030 SDG Water Vision.
The second was an open meeting held in the ECOSOC chamber of the United Nations, when the current chair of UNSGAB, Dr Ms. Uschi Eid, formally presented the final report “The UNSGAB Journey” to the President of the UN General Assembly, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, and the UN Deputy Secretary General, Mr. Jan Eliasson, in the presence of HIH Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan, Honorary President of UNSGAB, and the former Chair HM King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.
The report of UNSGAB to the UN and its Member States contains:
thematic recommendations (individual chapters of the report) on how to advance progress on drinking-water, sanitation, wastewater, financing, water resources management and water-related disasters.
recommendations for action on a number of global water-related priorities for the implementation of the 2030 water agenda.
structural recommendations for a more effective global water architecture
a) The 7 recommendations for action cover the following:
Promote a global approach to water
Make better use of the existing international legal instruments within the water sector
Tackle the growing urban water and sanitation crisis
Involve the private sector more strongly in dealing with growing water-related risks
Governments must take proactive and preventive action on growing water-related risks
The UN must adapt in order to better support Member States in addressing water-related risks
Form high level alliances to tackle priority water-related challenges that are ripe for action
b) The Structural Recommendations cover:
Establish an UN Intergovernmental Committee on Water and Sanitation
Form an UN Scientific and Practice Panel on Water and Sanitation
Strengthen UN Water by mandating it to serve as the Secretariat of these 2 entities
Set up a comprehensive and independently reviewed global monitoring system
Make sure there is an independent voice in the future
With these audacious and new recommendations, UNSGAB closes its work by opening new paths that several governments have already decided to explore.
The details of the report and other outputs of UNSGAB can be found here: The UNSGAB Journey can be found here.
The AquaFed’s Honorary President, Gérard Payen, who has been an active member of UNSGAB since its creation, presented these recommendations on the global water architecture. (pdf)