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Water JPI Newsletter - March 2016

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Since 1993 the World Water Day is celebrated every year on 22 March to draw citizens’ attention to the need of achieving a sustainable use of this vital resource. This year the focus on the World Water Day is set on the importance of water for the development of most jobs and activities. As it is known, employment is the main source of people’s good economic and social conditions. According to United Nations 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. Without water no agriculture, no fishing, no industry would be possible but also no health, wellness, tourism and many other productive activities. This 2016 World Water Day with its theme —water and jobs —always promotes protection of water in enough quantity and quality but stresses in particular the way this natural resource can change workers’ lives and livelihoods - and even transform societies and economies.

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