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World Water Day 2016: Better Water - Better Jobs

To mark the World Water Day (WWD) 2016, PCRWR in collaboration with the multi-stakeholders i.e. World Health Organization (WHO), UNESCO, Economic Cooperation Organization Science Foundation (ECOSF), National Rural Support Programme (NRSP), International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), and Riphah International University organized an awareness seminar on March 30 focusing on the theme 'Better Water – Better Jobs'.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Fazal Abbas Maken, Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology said that water was key element for socio-economic development of country. "Today, almost half of the world's workers - 1.5 billion people - work in water related sectors and nearly all jobs depend on water and those that ensure its safe delivery. The theme in 2016 is focusing on how enough quantity and quality of water can change workers' lives and livelihoods, and even transform societies and economies", he further added. He also emphasized on the conservation of water from household to farm level. Prof. Dr. Anis Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, Riphah International University said that water issues were not only related to science, engineering, or economics; rather those were also founded on values, ethics, and the equal contributions of different cultures. "Our problems are indigenous, therefore the solutions cannot be imported", he further added.

Earlier, Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman, PCRWR elaborated the importance of water in the light of Quran and Sunnah. Dr. Abdul Majid, Country Manager, ICARDA highlighted the role of ICARDA in improving community based water services and provision of water related jobs.

In the Technical Session: Dr. Rashid Aftab, Director, Riphah International University gave presentation on "Water as Blue Economy"; Prof Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro, President, ECO Science Foundation spoke on "Role of Inquiry based Science Education for awareness of children and water conservation" and; Mr. Karamat Ali from Pakistan Water Partnership (PWP) on "Water and Youth".

A large number of students and farmers from community participated in the event.

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