Water for Life and UN-Water logos. 2015 'Water for Life' UN-Water Best Practices Award invites nominations

The 5th edition's focus is Water and Sustainable Development. Applications accepted from 4 July to 15 September 2014.

The 'Water for Life' UN-Water Best Practices Award is now accepting nominations for its 5th edition. The theme is 'Water and Sustainable Development', which mirrors that of World Water Day 2015.

This year's award will represent the culmination of the 'Water for Life' Decade (2005-2015). Winners will be awarded at a special UN World Water Day ceremony on 22 March 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York in two categories: 'Best water management practices' and 'Best participatory, communication, awareness-raising and education practices'. The ceremony will also provide an opportunity to reflect on the Decade's achievements.

The 'Water for Life' Best Practices Award aims to acknowledge and promote efforts to fulfill international commitments made on water and related issues by 2015, by recognizing outstanding best practices that can ensure sustainable long-term management of water resources and help achieve the water and sanitation targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.

The 'Water for Life' Best Practices Award is awarded to projects, initiatives or programmes, rather than individuals or organizations. Self-nominations are not accepted. Candidatures must be submitted through an independent nominating organisation.

Applications are being accepted from 4 July to 15 September 2014. If you know of a project that deserves recognition get it nominated!

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A young girl waiting to cross into Egypt with her family cries at the Rafah Border Crossing in southern Gaza. © UNICEF/NYHQ2014-0902/El Baba
Level of human loss, destruction in Gaza ‘immense,’ says UN agency

15 July 2014 - The level of human loss and destruction in Gaza as a result of the ongoing conflict with Israel has been "immense," the United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees said, noting that eight days of hostilities has claimed 174 lives and injured well over 1,100 people. "The numbers are increasing by the hour," Sami Mshasha, from the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), told a news conference in Geneva. "We also notice that a good number of those killed and injured are women and children, and that is a cause of concern for UNRWA," he said. The figures as of 14 July: 138 civilians killed, 1,361 injured, 17,000 displaced, 600,000 at risk of losing access to water supply.
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Mette Wilkie, Director, Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI), UNEP, speaking at the Capacity-building in National Planning for Food Security Meeting
Study highlights new agricultural methods and technologies that can save governments millions and conserve vital natural resources

15 July 2014 - A shift in agricultural policy to encourage crop diversification and use of new water and energy saving technologies could save millions of hectare-metres of water annually, as well as millions of dollars in energy costs, finds a new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners food security study.
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (third from the right) visits with a family in Los Palmas, Haiti. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras
In Haiti, Ban calls for greater efforts to improve water and sanitation, end cholera epidemic

14 July 2014 - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for intensified efforts to ensure access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation in Haiti as he launched a new United Nations-supported initiative and met with families affected by cholera. "As Secretary-General of the United Nations, I want to assure you that the United Nations and its partners are strongly committed to ending the epidemic as quickly as possible. We are making progress, and we will continue to pursue with all our energy our goal of freeing the country from the disease," Mr. Ban said.
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Women filling an orange Water Roller at a water distribution point in the Abu Shouk Camp for internally displaced people. UN Photo/Albert González Farran
UN WWAP UNESCO Project for Gender Sensitive Water Monitoring Assessment and Reporting

13 July 2014 - The United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) has launched a project to develop and test the collection of key gender-disaggregated water data. WWAP is developing a priority set of gender-sensitive indicators and a gender-disaggregated data methodology that will be tested in the field by Member States in different regions. This project will produce a comprehensive methodology for gender-disaggregated data gathering and will yield the first-ever set of gender-disaggregated data on topics such as women's water empowerment and participation in water decision making.
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2014 Revision of the World Urbanization Prospects
World’s population increasingly urban with more than half living in urban areas

10 July 2014 - Today, 54% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66% by 2050. Projections show that urbanization combined with the overall growth of the world’s population could add another 2.5 billion people to urban populations by 2050, with close to 90% of the increase concentrated in Asia and Africa, according to a new United Nations report launched on 10 July. The 2014 revision of the World Urbanization Prospects by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ (UNDESA) Population Division notes that the largest urban growth will take place in India, China and Nigeria. As a result, these countries will face numerous challenges in meeting the needs of their growing urban populations, including sufficient housing, infrastructure, transportation, energy and employment, as well as for basic services such as education, water and sanitation.
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NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee logo2nd International Forum of NGOs: "Access to Water for All in Africa"
Date: 30-31 July 2014
Place: Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire
Organisers: NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Experts, representatives of international NGOs, stakeholders on the ground, men and women from different backgrounds will gather to discuss, exchange, and share their experiences on different aspects of the issues addressed: progress and obstacles, the pollution problem, role of education and traditions, international decisions and their implementation, conflicts, etc. The Forum is intended primarily for NGOs in official partnership with the Organization, but is open also to other organizations and institutions interested in the topics.
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WaterLinks LogoWaterLinks Forum 2014
Date: 11-13 August 2014
Place: Manila, The Philippines
Organisers: WaterLinks with the support from Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Water Association (IWA), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Global Water Operators' Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA) among others

This Forum will provide a platform to learn about and debate the most recent developments in solving critical urban water and wastewater efficiency problems. The forum will focus on key issues of growing urban water insecurity in Asia and the Pacific, the need to create new water and promote efficiencies amidst the challenge of climate change.
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Logo of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)Capacity-building workshop for Central, South and East Asia on ecosystem conservation and restoration to support achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets
Date: 14-18 July 2014
Place: Jeju, Republic of Korea
Organiser: Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

This workshop will focus on ecosystem conservation and restoration to support achievement of the Aichi biodiversity targets. Aichi Biodiversity Targets 5, 11 and 15 set quantitative global targets to reduce the loss of natural habitats, improve protected area networks and restore degraded areas. Through this workshop, the Secretariat plans to offer capacity-building to Parties within an integrated, participatory, approach to promote holistic planning and implementation at the landscape level.
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OWG logo13th Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals
Date: 14-18 July 2014
Place: New York, USA
Organiser: United Nations Division for Sustainable Development

The Open Working Group (OWG) is entering the final phase of its work, starting in March 2013 with eight stock taking meetings, followed by consideration of elements for a goals and targets framework, at the 9th session in March 2014. Since then the OWG has forged an ambitious, extensive yet focused text. The 13th and final session will finalize and refine the framework and pass it on to the UN General Assembly.
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