As dry season ends in Haiti, significant gains seen in fight against cholera, UN official says
Significant gains in the fight against the cholera epidemic in Haiti have been recorded as the dry season ends and the United Nations continues to support the Government's comprehensive strategy of monitoring, rapid response and planning for long-term solutions. "Interventions are based on identifying where cholera occurs; then very rapid intervention teams go in and deploy a number of different measures including identifying, isolating and a whole range of water and sanitation-related activities that improve the environment and reduce the risk of the disease spreading," Mr. Peter de Clercq, Deputy Special Representative for the UN Secretary-General in Haiti, said.
World Water Day 2015 will focus on 'Water and Sustainable Development'
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'Water and Sustainable Development' is the theme for next year's World Water Day, which will be coordinated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with the support of different UN agencies. 2015 is a key milestone for the international community as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) come to their end and international negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda conclude in September.
Stay tuned! Joint Monitoring Programme report 2014 to be released on 8 May
The 2014 update of the Joint Monitoring Programme Report (JMP) is to be released by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on 8 May 2014. The JMP report is released annually, collating up-to-date data that aim to accelerate progress towards universal sustainable access to safe water and basic sanitation. With the Millennium Development Goal target year approaching, new challenges to monitoring access to drinking-water and sanitation have arisen.
UN-Water analyzes water coordination efforts at country level
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The UN-Water Task Force on Country-level Coordination analyzes water-related coordination mechanisms in 13 countries representing differing humanitarian and development situations and geographic locations. The need for coordination is increasing and water governance issues like policy and strategy, river basin management, support to development of regional water-sharing agreements, participation of stakeholders, competing among stakeholders and sectors and the human right to water are only some of the issues that call for consultation and coordination.
UN agency honours traditional farming sites in China, Iran, Republic of Korea
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The birthplace of jasmine tea and a nearly 3,000 year old irrigation system are among the traditional farming sites designated "globally important" land use systems or landscapes by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) are considered "models of innovation, sustainability and adaptability, delivering important benefits to the ecosystem". The new designations include Iran's Qanat Irrigation system, an ancient network of farms that have survived for nearly three millennia; a 22-thousand-kilometer system of black stone walls built from volcanic rock in Jeju, Republic of Korea; and the traditional Gudeuljang Irrigated rice terraces in Cheongsando, Republic of Korea. Also on the list are a trio of sites in China: the Xinghua Duotian Agrosystem famous for its method of water-land utilization; the historic Jasmine and Tea Culture System of Fuzhou City where the tea scenting method was first invented more than 1000 years ago; and, the Jiaxian Traditional Chinese Date Gardens recognized, as the place with the longest history of jujube cultivation.
Following World Malaria Day, the World Health Organization releases malaria Control Guide
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On World Malaria Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a manual to help countries in assessing the technical, operational and financial feasibility of moving towards malaria elimination. The new guide, "From malaria control to malaria elimination: a manual for elimination scenario planning", will provide target countries with a comprehensive framework to assess different scenarios and timelines for moving towards elimination, depending on programme coverage and funding availability. "Increased political commitment and the expansion of global malaria investments have saved some 3.3 million lives since 2000," says Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General at WHO. "Countries where malaria remains endemic now want to build on this success".
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11th Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals
Date: 5-9 May 2014
Place: Conference Room 2, Conference Building, United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA
The Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will meet to continue the discussions and further conclusions from the 10th session. Water and sanitation is focus area 6 and will be discussed on Tuesday 6 May from 10:00 am. Challenges considered within the time frame of 2030 relate to providing universal access to safe and affordable drinking-water, sanitation and hygiene; improving wastewater management, recycling and reuse; improving water use in all sectors; and implementing integrated water resource management amongst other focus areas. The discussion aims to shape the future SDG on water and sanitation.
National Capacity Development Training of Trainers (TOTs) Workshop on Developing and Implementing Mitigation and Preparedness, Water Scarcity and Drought Management Plans
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Date: 6-9 May 2014
Place: Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ-CIHAEM), Spain
Organizers: UN-DESA, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ-CIHAEM) and United Nations Office to Support the International Decade for Action 'Water for Life' 2005-2015
The National Capacity Development Training of Trainers (TOTs) Workshop and Field Training aim at to train key national drought management officials in the pilot countries and strengthen their knowledge of the latest Water Scarcity and Drought (WS&D) management guidelines, methodologies, tools and best management practices, in particular the Mediterranean Drought Preparedness and Mitigation Planning Guidelines (MEDROPLAN). This training session will bring together key policy makers and national stakeholders from the pilot countries along with experts with extensive regional and international experiences on drought planning and management. This will include key project team members from the five pilot country governments (Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, and Yemen); project regional and national experts and consultants from the five pilot countries; experts from regional and international institutions involved in drought management and MEDROPLAN scientists from the Polytechnical University of Madrid in Spain.
Managing Groundwater in Coastal areas and Small Island Developing States (SIDs)
Date: 6-7 May 2014
Place: Mediterranean Information Office, Athens, Greece
Organizers: UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP)
In contribution to the International Year of SIDs 2014, this workshop aims to promote conjunctive surface, groundwater and marine management; identify best and replicable practices and share experiences from Global Environment Facility (GEF) projects; review opportunities for Integrated Water Resource Management/Integrated Coastal Zone Management integration as well as the state of integration of groundwater and surface water management within organizations dealing with aspects of coastal zone management, including in SIDS and discuss knowledge management strategies whilst reviewing existing tools.
3rd International Forum on Integrated Water Management
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Date: 7-9 May 2014
Place: Laval University, Quebec, Canada
The aim of this biennial gathering is to promote the exchange of knowledge and best practices related to the sustainable use of water resources. The theme of this year's edition of the meeting focuses on issues of transboundary water management in a changing climate. It will be addressed in 16 thematic sessions organized around the presentation of governance and capacity-building tools for water management, water uses and risk management, as well as climate change adaptation. Two workshops will be led by UNESCO's PCCP programme and the Secretariat of the 1992 Water Convention of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). These workshops will discuss the expected benefits of cooperation in the field of water and will assess the place of this resource in the design of the post-2015 development agenda.
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