The theme for World Water Day 2019 ‘LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND’ highlights the central principle of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6): to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030.
The United Nations established World Water Day in 1993. This day, observed every year on 22 March, aims to raise awareness on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
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On World Water Day, we also commemorate people who work in the water industry. According to United Nations Water, there are over 1.5 billion workers in water-related sectors. That is more than 40% of the global total active workforce. A majority of these workers are not recognised for the work they do or protected by labour basic labour rights.
Occupational exposure to unsafe water puts workers at risk of infection from waterborne pathogens among other risks.
Access to safe water can also be a challenge in many workplaces forcing workers to rely on unsafe sources for work processes or procedures, drinking, and personal hygiene