In celebration of World Water Day, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials will co-host a webinar at 11 a.m. EDT Tuesday, March 23, titled “Water Security, Sanitation, and Hygiene in a World Combatting COVID.”
IAPMO will co-host the online event with Global Water 2020, InterAction, the Millennium Water Alliance, UNICEF USA, WaterAid America and the World Wildlife Fund, in conjunction with the Congressional International Water and Sanitation Caucus.
“World Water Day draws important attention to the hundreds of millions of people who have been left behind,” said Dain Hansen, executive vice president of IAPMO Government Relations. “We are pleased to be working with Congress and governments around the world in recognizing the important role that industry plays in providing solutions that are sustainable. This is important to our economy, as well, as 1 in 5 American jobs are tied to international trade. That 80% of purchasing power lies outside the United States cannot be overlooked.”
Improving global WASH access adds more than $60 billion to the world economy annually, returning $4.30 for every $1 invested. Conversely, poor sanitation and water supply result in estimated economic losses of $260 billion annually in developing countries (1.5% of GDP).
The United Nations General Assembly designated March 22, 1993, as the first World Water Day. The day celebrates water and raises awareness of the global water crisis, and a core focus of the observance is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030. Each year, U.N. Water — the entity that coordinates the U.N.’s work on water and sanitation — sets a theme for World Water Day that corresponds with a current or future challenge. This year’s theme is “valuing water.”
To register for Tuesday’s event, visit https://iapmo-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_34JeBC-aSyO6_-5X_abezQ.
To learn more about World Water Day, visit https://www.worldwaterday.org/.