The United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) is hosted and led by UNESCO. WWAP brings together the work of 31 UN-Water Members as well as 38 Partners to publish The United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR) series. The annual World Water Development Reports focus on strategic water issues. UN-Water Members and Partners - all experts in their fields - contribute with latest findings on a specific theme.
This edition of the World Water Development Report focuses on ‘Water and Jobs’ and seeks to inform decision-makers, inside and outside the water community, about the importance of the water and jobs nexus for the social and economic development and environmental sustainability of countries, rich and poor. The importance of ‘water for jobs’ across economies is such that this report could be subtitled ‘No water - No jobs’. Indeed, a great majority of jobs are dependent upon water, and therefore increasingly at risk under conditions of water scarcity. This report also shows the importance for countries to have sufficient and an adequately trained water-related workforce in order to seize development opportunities and maximize benefits.
The first of its kind to address the multiple aspects of the water and jobs nexus, this report further reveals the need for additional research and analysis to gain a better understanding of the complex interactions between water, jobs and development to support decision-making pertaining to the sound management of water, employment policy and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.