Each year the United Nations family celebrates the World Water Day. On this occasion, the UN World Water Development Report is released (Link). This year, UN Water and its partners focus on the link between water and jobs (Link):

“From its collection, through various uses, to its ultimate return to the natural environment, water is a key factor in the development of job opportunities either directly related to its management (supply, infrastructure, wastewater treatment, etc.) or in economic sectors that are heavily water-dependent such as agriculture, fishing, power, industry and health. Furthermore, good access to drinking water and sanitation promotes an educated and healthy workforce, which constitutes an essential factor for sustained economic growth.

In its analysis of the economic impact of access to water, the report cites numerous studies that show a positive correlation between investments in the water sector and economic growth. It also highlights the key role of water in the transition to a green economy.” (Link to Report)

To celebrate World Water Day, WaterLex is organizing in partnership with UN Water, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the International Water Association (IWA) and the NHRI Water Initiative an evening cocktail on “Water, Jobs and Human Rights”.


On this occasion, the NHRI Water Initiative will launch its online platform which will serve as an intranet for the members of the initiative to share practices and challenges to improve water governance worldwide.

Further, WaterLex will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Water Association (IWA) for joint-capacity building efforts targeting water operators on the human right to water and sanitation.

For further information:

  • UN Water – World Water Day website (Link);
  • UN Water – World Water Development Report (Link to Report);

About WaterLex:

WaterLex is an international public interest development organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. It is a UN-Water Partner with UN ECOSOC special consultative status. Its mission is to develop sustainable solutions based on human rights to improve water governance worldwide, particularly in regard to consistent water law and policy frameworks. It works with an alliance of interested parties to improve water-governance frameworks, bringing them in line with country obligations under international human rights law. The interested parties are individuals and groups working in government (diplomatic missions), academia (professors of law, researchers), bilateral cooperation (water management advisors), the judiciary (high/supreme courts judges), the UN system (UN-Water family members), and civil society (NGOs that work on water issues). WaterLex works in partnership with 85 universities to continuously enrich the content of the WaterLex Legal Database. The organisation is funded by grants and project financing from public agencies, foundations, private gifts, and in-kind contributions. Established in 2010, when the human right to water was recognised by the UN, the organisation has a secretariat in Geneva with 15 staff members, a supervisory board of directors, and a large pool of members and expert advisors. It is an official member of the Global Water Partnership, UNDP Cap-Net, UNDP Global Water Solidarity, UNEP Global Wastewater Initiative, and the Swiss Water Partnership.