UN-Water launches a web section on Water in the post-2015 process
This new web section describes the role water plays in the post-2015 development agenda and its different components.
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UN Secretary General will launch MDG report 2013 on the 1st of July
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will launch the 2013 edition of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) report at the opening of the high-level segment of the ECOSOC meeting that will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday, the 1st of July. The report will summarize recent progress made towards the achievement of the MDGs, including target 7.C on water and sanitation.
UNECE launches National Policy Dialogue on water in Kazakhstan
On 21 June 2013 the first meeting of the high-level Steering Committee of the National Policy Dialogue on water was held in Astana, Kazakhstan. At the meeting, it was agreed to form an expert group to initiate an analysis into the benefits of joining the Protocol on Water and Health to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes a first considered step towards accession.
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According to new UN report climate change, water shortages, biodiversity loss will have growing impacts on global business
The future of the private sector will increasingly hinge on the ability of business to adapt to the world’s rapidly changing environment and to develop goods and services that can reduce the impacts of climate change, water scarcity, emissions of harmful chemicals and other environmental concerns. Water scarcity remains a critical challenge for all sectors. These are among the main findings of a new report released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) entitled ’GEO-5 for Business: Impacts of a Changing Environment on theorporate Sector’.
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Extreme flooding must be ’turning point’ on disaster response UN official
A United Nations senior official stressed that this year will be a "turning point" in how governments view and respond to extreme weather events, and floods in particular, which are currently affecting several countries across the world. "India, Nepal, Canada and many countries in Europe have experienced huge losses over the last two months due to intense precipitation events which have triggered extreme flooding affecting millions of people’s well-being and livelihoods," said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström. Monsoon rains in India this year are believed to be the heaviest in 80 years, according to media reports, which noted that some 7,000 people are still stranded in the mountains after flash floods and landslides. More than 600 people are confirmed dead so far, while 80,000 have been rescued.
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3 Innovative Ways to Manage Rural Water Supply
With 70% of the world’s extreme poor living in rural areas, and improved water access still lacking for close to 768 million people around the world, investing in safe and sustainable drinking water for rural populations is important to our goal of eradicating extreme poverty within our generation.
By Meleesa Naughton on the World’s Bank Water Blog.
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>> Climate change, water shortages, biodiversity loss will have growing impacts on global business: UN report
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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High-Level Conference on Water Cooperation
Date: 20-21 August 2013
Place: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Organizers: Government of Tajikistan in collaboration with UN agencies
The main objective of this conference is to contribute to the improvement of water cooperation, in particular at transboundary level, by promoting successful policies, best practices and wider public participation, and encouraging policy makers to promote water cooperation at all levels in order to achieve internationally agreed goals on water. The conference will also provide an opportunity to discuss and develop new measures aimed at accelerating efforts towards the MDGs and recommendations for further action after 2015.
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UN-Water agenda at World Water Week
Date: 1-6 September 2013
Place: Stockholm, Sweden
This year the World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, will address the theme "Water Cooperation - Building Partnerships" in reflection of World Water Day and the International Year of Water Cooperation. UN-Water will jointly organize and contribute to a series of seminars and events and will also expect you throughout the week at the UN-Water Pavilion in the exhibition area. Some of the events organized include:
Sunday 1 September
- Seminar’ Triggering Action on Water through the Post-2015 Agenda’
Monday 2 September
- Side event ’UNSGAB’s Vision through and beyond 2015’
- Seminar ’Cooperation for Post-2015 Water Targets and their Monitoring’
Tuesday 3 September
- Side Event ’Progress on Tracking Financing to WASH’
Wednesday 4 September
- Seminar ’Exploring the Water-Energy Nexus’
Thursday 5 September
- Seminar ’Water and Energy: Beyond the Nexus’
- Side Event ’Launch of UN-Water Country Briefs’
- Seminar ’Broadening Meaning & Practice of Water Operators Partnerships’
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From the Decade’s Programmes
Water cooperation in action: approaches, tools and processes
The UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) has just released the report ’Water cooperation in action, approaches, tools and processes’. The report summarizes main concepts, challenges, tools and experiences related to water cooperation and highlights key lessons learnt on promoting water cooperation.
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Capacity development to support national drought management policies: 1st regional workshop for Eastern European countries
Date: 9-11July 2013
Place: Bucharest, Romania
The first regional workshop in the UN-Water initiative on "Capacity Development to Support National Drought Management Policies", established by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC), will take place in Bucharest, Romania, for countries in the region. This is part of by a series of regional workshops that are taking place throughout 2013 and 2014 in drought-prone regions. The initiative will conclude with a final wrap-up conference in late 2014.
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>> UN-Water Capacity Development Initiative to support National Drought Management Policies