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Logo Time for Global Action.UN Secretary-General presents advanced version Synthesis Report on Post-2015 Agenda

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released an advanced version of his synthesis report on the post-2015 development agenda, titled ’The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet’ on 4 December 2014. This report responds to the UN General Assembly call on the UN Secretary-General, in A/RES/68/6 of September 2013, to synthesise inputs on the post-2015 development agenda, as a contribution to the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda.

In the report Ban proposes six essential elements to facilitate Member States’ deliberations: dignity; people; prosperity; planet; justice; and partnership. On people, for instance, Ban recommends addressing, inter alia: education; health; violence against women and girls; and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The report calls on the post-2015 agenda to promote healthy behaviours, including those related to water, sanitation and hygiene, and to foster sustainable management of water resources. The Secretary-General equally highlights sustainable approaches to water and sanitation as key drivers of sustainable production and consumption, job creation, as well as sustainable and equitable growth.

The official release of the report in all six UN languages is expected by 31 December 2014 and will be formally presented in early January.

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NEWS

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UN General Assembly adopts resolution on International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’ 2005-2015

On 5 December 2014, at its 69th session, the UN General Assembly (GA) approved a resolution on the International Decade for Action ’Water for Life’ 2005-2015 and further efforts to achieve the sustainable development of water resources. The resolution welcomes the activities related to water undertaken during the International Decade for Action and encourages Member States, the United Nations system and major groups to accelerate their efforts to achieve the internationally agreed water-related goals. Moreover, the resolution invites the President of the GA to convene following World Water Day on 22 March 2015 a high-level interactive dialogue of the GA in New York on a comprehensive review of the progress achieved in the implementation of the Decade, including best practices and lessons learnt. The resolution equally welcomes the offer of the Government of Tajikistan to host and fund, in June 2015, a high-level international conference on the implementation of the Decade. Finally, it requests the Secretary-General report to the General Assembly at its 71st session on the implementation of this resolution elaborating, inter alia, on the evaluation of the Decade.
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Annual Menstrual Hygiene Management in WASH in Schools: outcomes.
Menstrual Hygiene Management in WASH in Schools: outcomes

On 29 October 2014, UNICEF and Columbia University held the 3rd Annual Menstrual Hygiene Management in WASH in Schools Virtual Conference. As a follow-up to this conference, the partners held a strategy session and drafted a set of five priorities for menstrual hygiene management (MHM) in schools over the next ten years, including global guidelines, building a strong evidence base for MHM in schools, an evidence-based advocacy platform, getting national governments involved in responsibility for MHM in schools, and systematic integration of MHM in the educational sector.
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UN launches 2015 International Year of Soils.
UN launches 2015 International Year of Soils

5 December 2014 was the first official celebration of World Soil Day and the launch of the International Year of Soils, declared by the 68th UN General Assembly (A/RES/68/232) to raise awareness of the importance of soils for food security and essential eco-system functions. Soil, together with water, is the basis for food, feed, fuel and fibre production and for services to ecosystems and human well-being. The achievement of food security and nutrition, climate change adaptation and mitigation and overall sustainable development greatly depends on the condition of soils at local and global levels. Soil also plays a key role in the supply of clean water and resilience to floods and droughts. On 1st World Soil Day UN Secretary General welcomed the establishment of the Global Soil Partnership by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and pledged "to do more to protect this important yet forgotten resource".
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Impact of Inadequate Access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities on women and girls

The SHARE Research Consortium and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) formed a research partnership in 2013 to investigate the specific impact of inadequate access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities on women and girls in India and Bangladesh. This partnership supports four studies which converge on the lack of safe and acceptable choices for women and girls. The studies raise links between unsafe sanitation and women and girls’ poor health in terms of stress and infections. The higher incidence of reproductive tract infections linked to poor menstrual hygiene management under socioeconomically deprived groups is equally highlighted. The research also points out the lack of WASH facilities accessible by pregnant women.
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SDSN proposes 100 SDG Indicators and Indicator Framework

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) published an update to its report on indicators for the post-2015 development agenda, including a proposed set of 100 indicators. Titled 'Indicators and a monitoring framework for Sustainable Development Goals: Launching a data revolution for the SDGs,' the report builds on the proposals of the UN's Open Working Group on SDGs and the conclusion of the UN Secretary-General's Independent Expert Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development, among other inputs, to suggest a framework for indicators for future development goals.
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IGRAC publishes Transboundary Aquifer Cooperation report.
IGRAC publishes Transboundary Aquifer Cooperation report

The International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC) has published the cooperation report 'Factors Enabling Transboundary Aquifer Cooperation: A Global Analysis'. The purpose of this report is to link theory and observations about real occurrences of transboundary aquifer cooperation and answer the question: what factors enable and facilitate cooperation over transboundary aquifers? To this aim, the report outlines current theories about why international water cooperation occurs and subsequently matches these theories with the identified factors that lead to cooperative events. IGRAC operates under the auspices of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and UNESCO (as UNESCO Institute - Category II).
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Building resilience to climate change.
Building resilience to climate change: World Bank and AfDB partner to improve hydrological and meteorological systems in Africa

Under the auspices of the recently launched ClimDev-Special Fund (CDSF) , the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Bank have completed a seminar on improving the hydrological and meteorological systems in Africa, with the aim of capturing weather and climate data and disseminating information for decision support development planning. The partnership between the AfDB and the World Bank will target the dire state of most hydrometeorological services in the continent and the huge financial resources required to improve them, and the need for institutional capacity support and access to advanced technological platform.
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EVENTS

Logo UNECEExpert Workshop: ‘Beyond water: Regional economic integration and geopolitical benefits of transboundary water cooperation’
Date: 28-29 January 2015
Place: Talinn, Estonia
Organiser: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Transboundary water cooperation, through improved water management, generates a range of economic, social and environmental benefits. Transboundary water cooperation may also have spill-over benefits in terms of regional economic integration, peace and security and other foreign policy goals. The objective of this Expert Workshop ’Beyond water’ is to contribute to the further development of a Policy Guidance Note on Identifying, Assessing and Communicating the Benefits of Transboundary Water Cooperation by producing recommendations on how to assess and communicate the regional integration and geopolitical benefits of transboundary water cooperation. The workshop aims to gather participants from regional economic integration and foreign policy communities.
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Post-2015Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda: 1st session
Date: 19-21 January 2015
Place: UN Headquarters, New York City, US
Organiser: Office of United Nations General Assembly UNGA President

The intergovernmental negotiations on post-2015 development agenda will take place over several sessions starting in January 2015. The co-facilitators have prepared a food-for-thought paper regarding the modalities for the intergovernmental negotiations on the basis of the views expressed by Members States during the consultations held on 4 November and 10 November, 2014. Water and sanitation issues will be part of the debates.
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Logo Water for Life2015 UN-Water Annual International Zaragoza Conference: one month to go!
Date: 15-17 January 2015
Place: Zaragoza, Spain

The UN-Water International Conference ’Water and Sustainable Development: From Vision to Action’ will start the year focusing on how to bring the post-2015 international agenda on water and sanitation into action. From 15 to 17 January 2015 more than 300 participants from UN agencies and programmes, experts, representatives of the business community, governmental and non-governmental organizations will meet in Zaragoza, Spain, to draw conclusions based on existing practice and the exchange of views between governments and stakeholders. This event will take place during the final year of the International Decade for Action ’Water for Life’, and participants will contribute to take stock of and learn from achievements as well as planning the next steps. Pre-Conference side events and technical visits begin on 14 January. Visit the Conference website to learn more and get engaged!
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Logo CEPE1st meeting of the Core Group on Reporting under the UNECE Water Convention
Date: 15-16 December 2014
Place: Geneva, Switzerland
Organiser: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

The Core Group on Reporting was established by the Meeting of the Parties through the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management and mandated to prepare a proposal for a possible reporting mechanism under the UNECE Water Convention, taking into account the capacity of countries and other relevant reporting mechanisms. At its first meeting, the Core Group will review other related reporting mechanisms and discuss the purpose, scope, content and format of a possible reporting mechanism under the Water Convention.
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Workshop on the role of legal and scientific expertise in the avoidance and settlement of water law disputesWorkshop on the role of legal and scientific expertise in the avoidance and settlement of water law disputes
Date: 12-30 January 2015
Place: online
Organiser: World Bank

This course provides practical knowledge about how climate change is likely to impact agriculture, food production and security, and what actions can be taken to increase productivity and build resilience to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change, as well as contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through practicing climate-smart agriculture, both in policies and practices. Application ends 5 January 2015.
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UN side event on water at the Lima Climate Change ConferenceUN side event on water at the Lima Climate Change Conference
Date: 10 December 2014
Place: Lima, Peru
Organisers: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), Government of Peru

In the framework of the UN Climate Change Conference 2014 taking place from 1-12 December 2014 to assess progress in dealing with climate change, UN agencies and programmes participate with different water-related activities. On 10 December 2014, the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), France, UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP), and LEAD organise the side-event ‘Water holds the key for mitigation, adaptation and for building resilience: towards a climate deal’.
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Logo CEPEWorkshop on the role of legal and scientific expertise in the avoidance and settlement of water law disputes
Date: 5 December 2014
Place: Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom
Organisers: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Queen Mary University London

This workshop will address the different contributions made by legal and scientific expertise, how those contributions may (or may not) be combined, the difficulties encountered when doing so and the good practices that have emerged. The focus will be on the interaction between the different approaches and their joint impact on dispute avoidance. The workshop will be held back-to-back with the 4th meeting of the Implementation Committee of the Water Convention (London, 4 December 2014).
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