Cambodians come together for World Water Day at IWC hosted event
On 26 March professionals from civil society, academia, government and water utilities joined the World Water Day conversation linking the importance between water and jobs in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
World Water Day
The event included engaging discussions and games for participants including an outdoor exhibition with different sectors and organisations showcasing their work relating to water. Panel discussions on water and climate change, and water leadership were also part of the day’s events.
Co-hosted by several domestic and international organisations, including the International WaterCentre, the Cambodian Ministry of Rural Development, the Cambodian Water Supply Association, Enrich Institute, UNICEF, World Health Organization (WHO) and Plan International, the event provided an opportunity for practitioners to network and share knowledge.
Water and jobs in Cambodia
Water scarcity is a major global challenge. The FAO predicted that by 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the global population will be water stressed. Today, almost half the world’s workers are in water-related sectors; it is estimated that over one million additional water-related workers are needed in the South Asia and the Pacific Region in order to tackle the challenges posed by population growth and climate change.
According to the WHO and UNICEF nearly one in four people in Cambodia do not have access to clean water. Water-related workers in the country are typically either civil engineers, medical doctors, or have high school education/vocational training. Very few are trained to support the broad range of skills required for the sector. Shaping water talent is crucial, especially for younger generations who will become the water leaders of the future.