L'oeil de la Genève Internationale
March 2016

The United Nations World Water Development Report titled « Water and Jobs », will be launched on 22 March 2016 in Geneva, during the official World Water Day celebrations at the International Labour Organization (ILO). Each year, UN-Water sets a theme for World Water Day corresponding to a current or future challenge. This year’s theme « Water and Jobs » will be focussing on how enough quantity and quality of water can change workers' lives and livelihoods - and even transform societies and economies.

In October 2009, the photographer Stefano De Luigi set out to document one of the most ravaging droughts in Turkana region, in north-western Kenya. This image shows women getting water for their families and cattle from a twenty meters deep borehole, in the Kaitede village. Stefano De Luigi said  « I felt I was documenting a terrible memento for all human beings. This tragedy, where animals and people were struggling to survive this terrible drought, was a sort of nightmare vision. A future which could be waiting for all of us if we don’t deeply change our habits, if we don’t reconsider our way to share the resources of our planet with more sense of responsibility ». The story « Drought in Kenya » was awarded by the 2010 World Press Photo contest and the 2015 Syngenta Photography Award.

De Luigi has also signed the book « Blanco » a five-year body of work that documents the condition of blindness throughout the world, with the patronage of the WHO global initiative Vision 2020: The Right to Sight.