World Tourism Day Essay Competition
On the occasion of this year’s World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations on 27 September, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is organizing the first ever WTD Essay Competition! Considering water as both a tourism resource and an asset, the essay should stress the importance of water planning and sustainable management as a powerful instrument for tourism development and green growth in the tourism sector. Furthermore, the essay should target a wide audience and is expected to be easy and engaging to read. Participate! Deadline closes on 30 June 2013.
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According to new UN report, World’s population is projected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050
The current world population of 7.2 billion is projected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, according to the report World Population Prospects: the 2012 Revision, which points out that growth will be mainly in developing countries, with more than half in Africa. The report notes that India is expected to become the world’s largest country, passing China around 2028. Nigeria’s population is expected to surpass that of the United States before 2050. Population growth patterns and its water and sanitation implications will need to be taken into consideration in the Post2015 agenda.
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Ending Open Defecation, Not by Evidence Alone
Open defecation – going outside without using a toilet or latrine – is one of the most important threats to child health and human capital, period; ending it must be a policy priority. Do you believe us? You should. A diverse, rigorous range of evidence is accumulating, indicating that open defecation kills infants and stunts the growth of young bodies and minds.
By Jaehyang So and Dan Spears on the World’s Bank Water Blog. Jaehyang So participates in session ’Water in a Changing World of Growth Opportunities’ at 6th Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum.
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From the Decade’s Programmes
Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture
This project, coordinated by the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC), brings together the expertise of FAO, WHO, UNEP, UNU-INWEH, IWMI and ICID. In 2012 and 2013, five regional workshops were conducted within the project throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America, reaching more than 150 participants from 70 countries, mostly representatives from ministries at various levels. On 26-28 June 2013 the wrap-up of this UN-Water project will take place in Tehran, Iran.
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UNW-DPAC internship application period is open
The United Nations Office to support the International Decade for Action ’Water for Life’ 2005-2015/UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC), which is located in Zaragoza, Spain, provides opportunities for students enrolled in a Master’s or a post graduate programme to undertake an internship. Interested students who meet the eligibility criteria can submit their application after reading the conditions of the internship programme.
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World Day to Combat Desertification 2013: Don’t let our future dry up!
Date: 17 June 2013
This year’s World Day to Combat Desertification theme is drought and water scarcity. This year’s slogan, "Don’t let our future dry up" calls for everyone to take action to promote preparedness and resilience to water scarcity, desertification and drought. The slogan embodies the message that we are all responsible for water and land conservation and sustainable use, and that there are solutions to these serious natural resources challenges.
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6th Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum: The Future of Growth. Economic Values and the Media
Date: 17-19 June 2013 Time: 2pm
Place: World Conference Centre, Bonn, Germany
The 2013 Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum will provide the setting to develop and communicate interdisciplinary approaches to building an economy fit for the future. On 18 June, the workshop Water in a Changing World of Growth Opportunities will focus on smart investments in water resources and water services which can drive growth, and reduce poverty and adverse economic impacts.
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Special event "The road to a global goal on water"
Date: 18 June 2013 Time: 08:15am
Place: Conference Room 6. UN Headquarters. New York, USA
Organizers: Steering Committee of the Friends of Water (UN Permanent Missions of Finland, Hungary, Tajikistan and Thailand), UN Permanent Mission of Switzerland
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Meeting of Experts on Tariff and Regulatory Policies in the framework of the MDGs and Human Right to Water and Sanitation
Date: 8 July 2013
Place: Santiago, Chile
Organizers: Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC)
The objectives of this meeting are: to analyze current development issues on the water and sanitation sector, including those related to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), regulation and supervision challenges under a public model of water services, regional trends, the state of the art on tariff policies and implications of the recognition of the human right to water and sanitation; exchange experiences between regulatory organisations in the region; and define future working priorities with a focus on new themes.
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Tajikistan: Water in the Wakhan Valley
A failing irrigation system in the mountains of Tajikistan worries farmers who struggle to protect their land and livelihoods. With the help of a sustainable land management project supported by the United Nations and the Global Environment Facility, a network of canals that connect the water source from the Panj river to the farmlands and orchards have been repaired, allowing the people of the town of Ishkashim to preserve their unique environment.
Indonesia: Surviving the flood
At the beginning of 2013, Lemusa village in Indonesia suffered severe damage from mud when a flood caused a massive landslide. Most people lost their farms - a main source of income. The International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD, is helping farmers to diversify their source of income by providing funding to start their own businesses.
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