Water and Sanitation

18 11, 2015

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

2017-11-16T15:45:58+00:00 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.

10 11, 2015

Millions of children’s lives at stake as El Niño strengthens, UNICEF ‘wake-up call’ report warns

2017-11-16T15:46:00+00:00 November 10th, 2015|Climate change, Health, News, Water and Sanitation|

As a result of a strengthening El Niño, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is warning that an estimated 11 million children are at risk from hunger, disease and lack of water in eastern and southern Africa alone, as the weather phenomenon has left droughts and floods in its wake throughout parts of Asia, the Pacific and Latin America.

23 06, 2015

Millions of children will fall behind unless new UN development goals focus on most in need – UNICEF

2017-11-16T15:50:18+00:00 June 23rd, 2015|Education, Health, Hunger and food security, Inequality, Millennium Development Goals, News, Sustainable Development Agenda, Water and Sanitation|

The global community will fail millions of children if it does not focus on the most disadvantaged, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warns in its final report on achievement of the child-related UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), emphasizing that “we were not ambitious enough” to reach those with the greatest needs.

9 06, 2015

In Tajikistan, UN chief highlights importance of safe water, sanitation and human rights

2017-11-16T15:50:42+00:00 June 9th, 2015|Climate change, Millennium Development Goals, News, Secretary-General, Sustainable Development Agenda, Water and Sanitation|

Kicking off a high-level event on water in Tajikistan today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged nations in the region and beyond to renew their commitment to safe water and sanitation as the international community forges ahead with the post-2015 development agenda and climate change intensifies the need to act.

14 04, 2015

UN food agency warns of 2050 deadline for dwindling water supplies, urges government action

2017-11-16T15:51:56+00:00 April 14th, 2015|Climate change, Hunger and food security, News, Water and Sanitation|

Although the world's water supplies are expected to remain sufficient for a global population of nine billion in 2050, continuing overconsumption and the impact of climate change will diminish their availability in many of the planet's neediest regions, according to a new United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report.

1 04, 2015

A “water secure future” is possible with changes to water management practices

2017-11-16T15:52:22+00:00 April 1st, 2015|Climate change, Energy, Health, Hunger and food security, News, Oceans, Sustainable Development Agenda, Water and Sanitation|

A possible 40 per cent water shortfall in freshwater supplies by 2030 could be avoided if the international community takes recommended action, according to the 2015 World Water Development report.

30 03, 2015

Deputy UN chief calls for ‘hydro-diplomacy’ as world faces growing water shortages

2017-11-16T15:52:23+00:00 March 30th, 2015|Climate change, Forests, desertification and biodiversity, News, Water and Sanitation|

30 March 2015 - The international community must gear up for a new era of “hydro-diplomacy” as the threat of water scarcity risks plunging the world into a period of geopolitical tension and stunted development, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told delegates gathered at the General Assembly today.

22 03, 2015

World Water Day 2015: UN calls for global unity in pursuit of better water access for all

2017-11-16T15:52:32+00:00 March 22nd, 2015|News, Water and Sanitation|

As the perils of climate change increasingly threaten the planet, the international community must unite in “a spirit of urgent cooperation” to address the many water-related challenges facing humanity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today.

16 03, 2015

Breaking taboos on sanitation

2017-11-16T15:52:40+00:00 March 16th, 2015|Gender equality and women's empowerment, News, Water and Sanitation|

At a side event during the Commission on the Status of Women, women (and men) from around the world eagerly packed into a UN conference room to discuss the impact of inadequate menstrual hygiene, open defecation and other practices on women and girls.

19 11, 2014

Every dollar invested in water, sanitation brings four-fold return in costs – UN

2017-11-16T15:54:43+00:00 November 19th, 2014|News, Water and Sanitation|

For every dollar invested in water and sanitation, there is a $4.3 return in the form of reduced health care costs for individuals and society around the world, where 2.5 billion people still lack access to basic sanitation services, with 1 billion practicing open defection, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today.