UN launches $301 million appeal for typhoon-ravaged Philippines
On 12 November, the United Nations appealed for nearly a third of a billion dollars to provide humanitarian assistance to typhoon hit regions of the Philippines where aid workers are labouring around the clock to get in urgently needed survival supplies, such as food, clean water, shelter and basic medicines. UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos launched the $301 million flash appeal from Manila, the capital, where she is surveying the damage by Typhoon Haiyan which ripped through nine regions in south-east Asia over the weekend. "The appeal of $301 million covers an initial period of six months," said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) spokesperson, Jens Laerke, in Geneva.
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From the Decade’s programmes
Launch of ’Water Cooperation 2013: United Nations Contributions and Key Experiences’
Date: 19 November 2013 Time: 13:00
Place: North Lawn Building, United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA
On the occasion of World Toilet Day, UNW-DPAC, together with the World Council of Civil Engineers and Aquae Foundation, will launch the monograph "Water Cooperation 2013: United Nations Contributions and Key Experiences".
VII Seminar "Human Right to Water and Sanitation"
Date: 20-21 November 2013
Place: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. 26 Serrano Galvache Street. Madrid, Spain
ONGAWA is organizing this seminar around two sessions:
On Wednesday 20 November, session "Public-Private Partnerships in the field of universal access to water and sanitation in rural areas" aims at opening a space for sharing knowledge and experiences on the remaining challenges on water and sanitation in rural areas. The session will consider inclusive partnerships as an innovative strategy to multiply the impacts from a human rights and effectiveness approach.
On Thursday 21 November, session "Right to Water and Sanitation and Sustainable Development Goals Post-2015" seeks to facilitate knowledge and contributions from Spanish cooperation and human rights actors to the Sustainable Development Goals Post-2015 process in water and sanitation and help reflect upon the implementation of targets and indicators being defined. Josefina Maestu, Director of UNW-DPAC, will participate as a speaker at 9:45 with a presentation on "Challenges of water and sanitation cooperation. On the way to 2015".
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Expert Group Meeting on the Guidelines for the Compilation of Water Accounts and Statistics
Date: 20-22 November 2013
Place: New York, USA
Organisers: United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)
Experts in environmental-economic accounts for water and water statistics from countries and international/regional organizations will meet to review and discuss the guidelines for the compilation of water accounts and statistics. The guidelines will provide country experts and trainers with a comprehensive and reliable set of materials for assisting the staff of national statistics offices, water ministries, and agencies and other stakeholders in countries, with the process of implementation of water accounts and statistics for developing a monitoring system for water policies.
5th session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals
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Date: 25-27 November 2013
Place: UN Headquarters, New York, USA
The Open Working Group (OWG) of the General Assembly is tasked with preparing a proposal on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 5th session will address issues related to sustained and inclusive economic growth, macroeconomic policy questions (including international trade, international financial system and external debt sustainability), infrastructure development and industrialization. Various side-events will address water issues.
2nd Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Congress
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Date: 27-29 November 2013
Place: Barcelona, Spain
Organisers: Global Water Operators' Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA)
This Congress will bring together utilities, water operators practitioners, donors, knowledge institutions and interested stakeholders to exchange experience, advance knowledge and initiate action on Water Operators’ Partnerships. On the third day of the Congress, the Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance General Assembly will be held.
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