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World Water Day 2015: Water and Sustainable Development

World Water Day is marked on 22 March every year. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future. This year's theme, "Water and Sustainable Development," emphasizes how water links to all areas we need to consider in creating the future we want.

  • Water management
When Mar 22, 2015 04:00 AM to
Mar 23, 2015 08:30 AM
Where Royal Paragon Hall, Siam Paragon, Bangkok, Thailand
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Contact Phone +662 288 1647
Attendees General Prayuth Chan-ocha, Thailand Prime Minister
General Dapong Rattanasuwan, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment
Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
Dr. Gwang-Jo Kim, Director UNESCO Bangkok
General Chatchai Sarikulya, Chairman of the Committee for Water Resource Policy and Management
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Water is at the core of sustainable development.  Water resources and the range of services they provide, underpin poverty reduction, economic growth and environmental sustainability. From food and energy security, to human and environmental health, water contributes to improvements in social well-being and inclusive growth affecting the livelihoods of billions.

Water is Industry:

Every manufactured product requires water. Some industries are more water-intense than others. 10 litres of water are used to make one sheet of paper. 91 litres are used to make 500 grams of plastic.

Industrialization can drive development by increasing productivity, jobs and income. It can provide opportunities for gender equality and youth employment. However, industry’s priority is to maximize production rather than water efficiency and conservation.

Global water demand for manufacturing is expected to increase by 400% from 2000 to 2050, which is much larger than other sectors. The main increases will be in emerging economies and developing countries. Many large corporations have made considerable progress in evaluating and reducing their water use and that of their supply chains. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are faced with similar water challenges on a smaller scale.

The business case for water efficiency frequently requires a financial trade-off. Investment in efficient water treatment technology or cooling processes may have longer payback periods than the immediate returns of alternative short-term investment in production.

Technology and smart planning reduce the use of water, and can improve the quality of wastewater. Some progressive textile manufacturers have introduced technology that ensures the water coming out of the mill is as clean or cleaner than the water coming in from the town's drinking water. Large beverage companies are also improving their water use efficiency and have over the past 10 year substantially reduced the water used in their manufacturing plants.

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