Water and Sanitation

22 03, 2018

World cannot take water for granted, say UN officials at launch of global decade for action

2018-03-22T22:11:12+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|News, Water and Sanitation|

The United Nations on Thursday launched a decade for action on water that seeks to forge new partnerships, improve cooperation and strengthen capacity to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

19 03, 2018

UN spotlights rainwater recycling, artificial wetlands among ‘green’ solutions to global water crisis

2018-03-20T22:24:13+00:00 March 19th, 2018|News, Water and Sanitation|

With five billion people at risk of having difficulty accessing adequate water by 2050, finding nature-based solutions, such as China’s rainwater recycling, India’s forest regeneration and Ukraine’s artificial wetlands, is becoming increasingly important, according to a United Nations report released Monday at the world’s largest water-related event in Brazil.

14 03, 2018

UN-World Bank panel report calls for ‘fundamental shift’ in water management

2018-03-14T19:42:19+00:00 March 14th, 2018|News, Water and Sanitation|

With 700 million people worldwide at risk of being displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030, water infrastructure investment must be at least doubled over the next five years, a panel set up by the United Nations and the World Bank recommended on Wednesday.

14 03, 2018

12 world leaders issue clarion call for accelerated action on water

2018-03-14T19:26:18+00:00 March 14th, 2018|News, Secretary-General, Water and Sanitation|

The Panel’s report found that the water crisis has many dimensions. Today, 40 percent of the world’s people are affected by water scarcity, with as many as 700 million people at risk of being displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030.

10 11, 2017

Science and technology can help tackle key sustainable development challenges

2017-11-16T15:29:56+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Infrastructure, News, Water and Sanitation|

Integrated science is essential to strengthen water management, sustainably use the oceans and tackle climate change, the head of the United Nations cultural agency said on World Science Day for Peace and Development.

29 09, 2017

Half a million Rohingya arrive in Bangladesh; UN agencies rush to provide shelter, clean water

2017-11-16T15:31:48+00:00 September 29th, 2017|News, Water and Sanitation|

The United Nations refugee agency announced today that it has started distributing plastic sheeting and essential relief items to Rohingyas arriving in from Myanmar into neighbouring Bangladesh, as part of a massive effort to cut the time refugees spend in the open. “The latest estimate of the number of Rohingya who have arrived in Bangladesh [...]

29 08, 2017

Children’s access to safe water and sanitation is a right, not a privilege – UNICEF

2017-11-16T15:32:51+00:00 August 29th, 2017|News, Water and Sanitation|

In countries beset by violence, displacement, conflict and instability, children's most basic means of survival – water – must be a priority, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today, warning that children living in fragile situations are four times more likely to lack access to drinking water. “Children's access to safe water and sanitation, [...]

28 08, 2017

At start of World Water Week, UN Assembly President says water and sanitation goals need ‘major push’

2017-08-28T21:45:59+00:00 August 28th, 2017|News, Water and Sanitation|

Encouraging global action to support clean water and sanitation, United Nations General Assembly President Peter Thomson today underscored that when it comes to the environment, everything is connected. “None should imagine that the state of sanitation and coral reefs are anything but directly connected,” Mr. Thomson said, delivering the keynote address at special event in Stockholm to [...]

12 07, 2017

Billions around the world lack safe water, proper sanitation facilities, reveals UN report

2017-11-16T15:33:22+00:00 July 12th, 2017|News, Water and Sanitation|

Some three in ten people around the world lack access to safe and readily available water at home, and almost six in ten to safely managed sanitation, a new United Nations report has warned, calling on countries to do more to fulfil these basic human needs.

16 06, 2017

Ukraine: 750,000 children at risk of losing access to safe drinking water, warns UN

2017-06-19T14:54:52+00:00 June 16th, 2017|News, Water and Sanitation|

With the recent escalation of hostilities damaging vital water infrastructure in eastern Ukraine, at least 750,000 children are at imminent risk of being cut off from safe drinking water, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today.