UN promotes survey of disasters and people living with disabilities
"We can expect that as many as 30 million people living with a disability are affected during an average year by earthquakes and weather-related hazards" said Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, during the recent launch of a survey of people living with disabilities on their coping capacity in the face of a disaster event. This survey addresses on issues such as the ability to protect oneself from a disaster event and having sufficient time to evacuate before a possible disaster. The survey results will be announced on International Day for Disaster Reduction which is marked each year on 13 October. Have Your Say! If you’re living with a disability or you are a caregiver, take the survey and share your thoughts on living with disasters. The survey is available in several languages.
World Water Week: UN deputy chief urges greater international cooperation on sanitation
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Now is the time for accelerated, energized and concerted action on water and sanitation, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on 2 September urged, calling for renewed cooperation on water management and access to adequate sanitation for the more than 2.5 billion people around the world without it. In a keynote address to the World Water Week plenary session in Stockholm, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said: "Dealing effectively with the water and sanitation crisis is fundamental to fighting disease and poverty."
The High-Level International Conference on Water Cooperation concluded with a Declaration calling for water cooperation
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Representatives from governments, international and regional organizations and civil society met in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on 20 and 21 August 2013, at the High Level International Conference on Water Cooperation to support the implementation of United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/67/204 "Implementation of the International Year of Water Cooperation, 2013," and to promote actions at all levels to advance cooperation on water. The Conference concluded with the adoption of a declaration that recognizes the importance of water cooperation and demands stronger dialogue at all levels.
In July 2013 the United Nations General Assembly designated 19 November as World Toilet Day
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In a bid to make sanitation for all a global development priority, the United Nations General Assembly has designated 19 November as World Toilet Day, urging changes in both behaviour and policy on issues ranging from enhancing water management to ending open-air defecation.
Political will key to ensuring water and sanitation for all, says UN-backed report
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Political leadership and concrete action have led to good progress on creating universal and sustainable access to decent sanitation and drinking water, but additional efforts are needed to fulfil commitments by the 2014 deadline, a United Nations-backed partnership released in August 2013 reported. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson welcomed the "encouraging steps forward" detailed in the 2013 Progress Update issued by the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) partnership.
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5 Reasons Why Just Building Toilets Won’t Improve Urban Sanitation
It’s widely reported that most of the world’s population lives in urban areas. UN-Habitat estimates that 40% of urban dwellers live in slums, and that number is growing by more than 20 million people per year. Perhaps, less commonly reported is that while population is growing rapidly, urban sanitation coverage has only increased slightly.
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Water and Human Rights in the Post 2015 Agenda. Side-Event at UN Human Rights Council 2013
Date: 13 September 2013 Time: 13:00
Place: Room XXI, UN building, Geneva
Organizers: WaterLex in partnership with UN-Water and others
This side event of the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council will be devoted to the issue of water and human rights in the post-2015 agenda.
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11th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to combat desertification
Date: 16-27 September 2013
Place: Windhoek, Namibia
COP11 will be convened under the theme "A stronger UNCCD for a Land-Degradation Neutral World". The theme marks the progress the Parties to the Convention made under the 10-Year Strategy and encourages further action for its successful implementation during the latter half of the Strategy period; it also reflects the UNCCD vision of a way forward after the Rio+20 outcome on land degradation, desertification and drought.
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Corporate Water Stewardship and the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda
Date: 19 September 2013
Time: 9:00 am
Place: Grand Hyatt, New York, USA
Organizer: CEO Water Mandate
This side event, which will coincide with the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit on September 19-20, will advance the CEO Water Mandate’s ongoing discussions regarding water and the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda. This session will further explore and unpack the prospective role of business in advancing potential policy objectives relating to increased access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services; improved water resources management and governance; efficient water use; and pollution reduction. In particular, it will delve into the role of business in supporting achievement of these goals, how the goals can be framed to ensure maximum impact and alignment with emerging water stewardship practice, and how to get from goals to meaningful corporate action on-the-ground.
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Tackling Water Risks to Ensure a Sustainable Future
Date: 25 September 2013
Time: 1:15 pm
Place: UN Headquarters, New York, USA
Organizers: The Governments of Switzerland and the Netherlands, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) and the World Water Council, with the participation of UN-Water
On the occasion of the UN General Assembly Special Event on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, this Ministerial luncheon will provide an opportunity for a high level roundtable discussion with country representatives, international organisations, civil society and the private sector on best practices and key factors of success to address water-related risks in five major areas: economic prosperity, human health, political stability, disaster risk management and governance.
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UN-Water Stakeholder Dialogue at World Water Week 2013: Triggering Action on Water through the Post 2015 Agenda
Video record of session ’Triggering Action on Water through the Post-2015 Agenda’ at World Water Week, 1 September 2013. Participants in this seminar presented and discussed the most recent proposals for a Water Sustainable Development Goal.
UN-Water Seminar at World Water Week 2013: Exploring the water-energy nexus
Video record of session ’Exploring the Water-Energy Nexus’ at World Water Week, 4 September 2013. UN-Water organized this seminar at World Water Week 2013 as part of its preparatory process for World Water Day (WWD) in 2014, which will focus on "Water and Energy".
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