Water and jobs

Regional launch of the UN World Water Development Report

  • 25 Apr 2016
  • 15:00 - 17:00
  • UNESCO-IHE, Westvest 7, Delft. Room: A1a
Western Europe
Delft, The Netherlands

On 25 April, UNESCO-IHE organizes the regional launch of the UN World Water Development Report 2016 (WWDR) in the Netherlands. The topic of the report is Water and Jobs: the nexus between Water, Economic Development and Jobs.

About the report

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 37 Partners to publish the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR) series, a UN-Water publication.

Under the theme Water and Jobs, the WWDR 2016 has been prepared as a contribution by UN-Water to the discussions surrounding the post-2015 framework for global sustainable development. It highlights critical linkages between the management of water and employment to policy opportunities in countries at all levels of development.

The report demonstrates how sustainable water management improves local economies and public health, thus opening employment opportunities across all socio-economic sectors. It underlines that access to safe and reliable water supply and sanitation services at home and the workplace is critical to maintaining a healthy, educated and productive workforce. An improved understanding of the opportunities and limitations that water and jobs pose to each other is required to support decision-making and policy formulation.


Presentation of report highlights
Mr. Stefan Uhlenbrook, Coordinator of the World Water Assessment Programme

Dr. Uta Wehn, Associate Professor of Water Innovation Studies

The business perspective
Mr. John Verbakel, Vice-President Supply Chain, Unilever

Ms. Ardi Stoiosbraken, Deputy Director, cluster leader Energy, Raw Materials and Polar Policy, Inclusive Green Growth Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Xavier Leflaive, Water Team Leader, Environmental Directorate OECD

Mr. Didier Gambier, Department Head at European Commission Executive Agency EASME (Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises)

Panel Q&A session

Closing and reception


If you would like to attend this launch event, please register here.

This event, organized by UNESCO-IHE, is open to the public. Those who wish to attend this event have the sole responsibility to arrange for the correct travel documents, visa, and funding for travel and stay. The Institute declines all responsibility related to such arrangements, and does not issue invitation letters for potential attendees.

Media inquiries

Are you a journalist and interested to attend this event? Please contact Ms. Emma Meurs, external communications officer via +31 6 43903823 or .


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