UN-Water presents a synthesis of key findings and recommendations for a post-2015 global goal for water
UN-Water has presented a paper summarizing key findings and recommendations for a post-2015 global goal for water. The paper, which was approved at the UN-Water meeting on 27 January 2014, is the result of a broad technical consultation process among UN-Water members and partners, as well as a range of other stakeholders and aims to inform, provide advice and recommendations in support to Member States in their decision-making process on the post-2015 development agenda. It proposes a set of potential targets and indicators to support a dedicated global goal for water and contributes towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) consultation process.
Participate in WWD Photo competition! Deadline is 28 February
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How would you best illustrate the challenges of water and energy? In preparation for World Water Day 2014 (WWD2014), a photo competition is being held to provide a visual platform for the discussions. Participate and not only win the chance to have your photo displayed during the World Water Day celebrations 20-21 March, Tokyo, Japan, but also help create a visual impact for an issue that affects us all. If you have an eye for an image and want to aid a global issue, get snapping!
"Code for Resilience Hackathon" launches a call to help reduce disaster risk in Asia
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A ’hackathon’ is an event in which innovative software and hardware designers approach disaster risk challenges by working on ’hacks’ using open source software applications, or developing new tools, such as rain gauges outfitted with remote sensing devices. Code for Resilience, a collaborative World Bank initiative, is working with local partners and organizing hackathons in cities across Asia, where high population density and rapid urbanization make communities vulnerable to the impact of natural disasters. Get involved and contribute with your project or sign up for local hackathon events!
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2nd round of e-discussions on realizing the rights to water and sanitation
Date: 10-24 February 2014
The new e-discussion from the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation in preparation for the Human Rights Handbook starts next week. So far, talks have seen varied contributions and opinions relating to general experiences in supporting access to water and sanitation including some of the main challenges of discrimination in service delivery in realizing the rights to water and sanitation. Weeks 3 and 4 (from 10 to 24 February) will focus on how principles of non-discrimination and equality can be incorporated into legislative, policy and regulative frameworks and financing for water and sanitation. The discussion is open to your input, please share and get involved!
17th Congress of the African Water Association
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Date: 17-20 February 2014
Place: Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
Organizers: African Water Association (AfWA)
UN-Water will have a presence at the 17th African Water Association (AfWA) Congress, discussing the topic of "Mobilizing Resources and Governance of Water and Sanitation in Africa". In addition to a booth where information and materials on UN-Water will be provided, the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC) and the Global Water Operators' Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA) will organize on 19 February a technical session on "Non-Revenue Water: Strategies for Capacity-Building for Water and Sanitation Utilities".
7th Global FRIEND-Water Conference
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Date: 24-28 February 2014
Place: Hanoi, Viet Nam
Organizers: UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme in collaboration with other organisations
The Flow Regime from International Experimental and Network Data (FRIEND)-Water Conference 2014 will focus on the theme "Hydrology in a Changing World: Environmental and Human Dimensions." FRIEND-Water aims to facilitate understanding about how climate, human and river basin factors influence the spatial and temporal distribution of water. The conference will share knowledge on changes in hydrological processes and their impacts and discuss how to develop adaptable water management and water policies to account for these impacts.
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