Water and Sanitation

2009, 2016

Media advisory: High-Level Panel on Water stakeout

September 20th, 2016|News, Press material, Water and Sanitation|

The High Level Panel on Water, which consists of 11 sitting Heads of State and Government and one Special Adviser, issued today a Call to Action that advocates for a fundamental shift in the way the world looks at water.

2908, 2016

At start of World Water Week, UNICEF highlights how girls lose time collecting water

August 29th, 2016|Gender equality and women's empowerment, News, Water and Sanitation|

The opportunity cost from a lack of access to water disproportionately falls on women and girls who collectively spend as much as 200 million hours every day collecting it.

1404, 2016

Media advisory: Briefing on ‘Water and Jobs’ report

April 14th, 2016|Economic growth, News, Press material, Water and Sanitation|

Briefing on the 2016 UN World Water Development Report, “Water and Jobs”
1:15 p.m., Thurs., 14 April

Three out of four jobs worldwide are water-dependent. Water shortages and lack of access may limit economic growth in the years to come, according to the 2016 United Nations World Water Development Report, “Water and Jobs.” To promote this global […]

2203, 2016

Businesses show SDG support with new #WASHforWork initiative

March 22nd, 2016|News, Press material, Water and Sanitation|

11 leading organizations introduced a new initiative called WASH4Work, aimed at mobilizing greater business action to address water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) challenges in the workplace, communities where workers live, and across supply chains.

2103, 2016

Threats to forests could imperil global freshwater supplies

March 21st, 2016|Forests, desertification and biodiversity, News, Oceans, Press material, Water and Sanitation|

Safeguarding forests is essential for sustainable management of global freshwater resources and avoiding water shortages, according to United Nations officials and forest experts at an event today marking the International Day of Forests.

401, 2016

Sanitation becomes separate UN human right in enhanced fight against infection

January 4th, 2016|News, Water and Sanitation|

With more than 2.5 billion people worldwide, one third of the total population, living without access to proper toilets, the United Nations General Assembly has recognised sanitation as a separate human right in a bid to curb a major source of deadly infections.

1612, 2015

UNICEF urges swift action, ‘robust financing’ to close water and sanitation gaps in sub-Saharan Africa

December 16th, 2015|News, Water and Sanitation|

Some 180,000 children under the age of five die every year – roughly 500 a day – in sub–Saharan Africa due to diarrhoeal diseases linked to inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene, the United Nations Children''s Fund (UNICEF) warned today ahead of a conference in the region on boosting financing for the sector.

312, 2015

Children under five account for one third of deaths from foodborne diseases – new UN report

December 3rd, 2015|Health, News, Water and Sanitation|

Diarrhoeal diseases are responsible for more than half of all foodborne diseases globally and of all those who fall ill after consuming contaminated food, 420,000 people die – almost third of them children under the age of five, the World Health Organization said today in its first ever report on the issue.

1811, 2015

Special UN event stresses key role of water management in tackling challenges of climate change

November 18th, 2015|Climate change, News, Water and Sanitation|

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted a meeting on the links between water management and disaster risk reduction today, stressing that floods, droughts and cyclones have caused more than $1 trillion in damages and affected over 4 billion people since 1990.

1811, 2015

New global arena needed to confront water challenges, UN board says

November 18th, 2015|News, Water and Sanitation|

The supreme importance of water and sanitation to development and well-being merits creation of a powerful new global arena inside the UN, dedicated to resolving water conflicts and common challenges while tracking progress against the world’s newly-agreed development goals.