Jeff Smith, MP for Manchester Withington, has lent his support to the UN’s World Water Day, an annual event which takes place today (March 22nd).
World Water Day is an opportunity to learn more about water related issues. Today will see tens of thousands of individuals and organisations worldwide get involved in making a difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people on the planet – those who do not have access to adequate water and sanitation.
This year’s theme is ‘water and jobs’ and is co-ordinated by the International Labour Organization – the UN entity that promotes rights at work encourages decent employment opportunities. The theme highlights how both water and jobs have the power to transform people’s live. Water is central to human survival, the environment and the economy and decent work can provide income as well as paving the way for broader social and economic advancements.
Jeff Smith said: “I am proud to support World Water Day and to give my backing to this year’s theme of ‘Water and Jobs’. Almost half of the world’s workers – 1.5 billion – work in water related sectors and nearly all jobs depend on water and those that ensure its safe delivery. Yet the millions of people who work in water are often not recognised or protected by basic labour rights. Water has the ability to create paid and decent jobs. It can contribute to a greener economy and sustainable development – but these workers need to work in dignity, equality, safety and have a fair income, which is why I’m supporting UN World Water Day 2016.”