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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Leave no one behind: think, decide and act together against extreme poverty

Date: 17 October 2014
Place: Worldwide

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed every year since 1993. The United Nations designated this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries.

The 2014 theme recognises the demanding challenge of identifying and securing the participation of those experiencing extreme poverty and social exclusion in the "Post-2015 Development Agenda".

The official commemoration on 17 October at UN Headquarters will be an occasion to recognize people living in poverty as critical partners for fighting the development challenges we face.

Access to clean water and sanitation are among the most powerful drivers for human development. They extend opportunity, enhance dignity and help create a virtuous cycle of improving health and rising wealth. Clean water and sanitation would save the lives of countless children, support progress in education and liberate people from the illnesses that keep them in poverty. Ensuring the participation and involvement of poor people in water-related development efforts is essential to ensure the success of policies and initiatives implemented.

Help the United Nations to raise awareness about the progress made and the challenges that remain for people living in poverty. Use the hashtag #EndPoverty to post your messages.

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NEWS

In Conakry, Guinea, a mobilizer teaches children about proper handwashing techniques, which help prevent the spread of diseases, including Ebola. Photo: UNICEF/Timothy La Rose
Members and partners in the UN-Water family are working to prevent Ebola from spreading

15 October 2014 - The simple practice of handwashing with soap not only saves lives, but is also instrumental in the fight against Ebola. Members and partners of UN-Water like UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) are active on the ground to stop transmission, prevent international spread, fight widespread misconceptions about Ebola disease and improve hygiene practices. UNICEF is providing water and sanitation services to the affected communities, particularly through the procurement of water, sanitation and hygiene equipment and supplies, WHO in turn is providing technical advice on safe water and safe management of excreta and wastewater as part of the global response under the newly formed Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).
>> On World Day, UN spotlights handwashing as vital tool in fight against Ebola
>> WHO Ebola response roadmap
>> WHO Global Alert and Response (GAR) website on Ebola
>> UNICEF web section on Ebola


The French Red Cross provides water, sanitation and toilets for 11,000 IDPs at the Centre d'Hebergement Provisoire Automica Dahaitsu in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Photo: MINUSTAH
UN Report Calls For Bold and Accelerated Global Action to Meet Biodiversity Targets by 2020

9 October 2014 - Haiti’s fight against cholera has seen significant progress. Still, water-borne diseases are a leading cause for mortality of children in Haiti. In addition, the country has faced one of the most severe cholera outbreaks in modern history, and despite the significant reduction in the new number of cases and deaths, the disease remains endemic. In collaboration with the Government of Haiti, the UN and development partners, the World Bank hosted a high-level conference on "Haiti: Clean Water, Improved Sanitation, Better Health" in Washington D.C. on 9 October 2014. In the context of the Government’s 10 year plan to Eliminate Cholera in Haiti and its Total Sanitation Campaign launched in July 2014, the Conference aimed at bringing together the international community to combat water borne diseases like cholera and raise commitments to provide water, sanitation and health services in the communes most affected by cholera over the next three years. "This meeting was an opportunity for dedicated partners to address the plan to eliminate Cholera in Haiti and to improve access to clean water and sanitation initiatives. Further we need to assure that the commitments are met and Haiti remains on track to eliminate cholera within its borders," said Haiti’s Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe. About 38% of Haitians lack access to safe drinking water and only 24% of Haitian families have access to improved sanitation.
>> Conference on clean water, improved sanitation, and better health for Haiti
>> Full press release


Global Biodiversity Outlook 4
UN Report Calls For Bold and Accelerated Global Action to Meet Biodiversity Targets by 2020

6 October 2014 - Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 shows that there has been significant progress towards meeting some components of the majority of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. However, in most cases, additional action is required to keep the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 on course. The report noted that while use of natural resources such as water had become more efficient, our vastly increased consumption levels negated any progress. It also noted that while nutrient pollution had stabilized in the developed world, it was still increasing in other parts of the world with a strong risk to aquatic biodiversity. A key failing highlighted in the report was the continued decreasing global wetland extent.
>> Download Global Biodiversity Outlook 4
>> UNEP press release
>> UN press release: Benefits of investing in protection of biodiversity outweigh financial costs, says UN-backed report


2014 Overarching Conclusions: World Water Week in Stockholm, Energy and Water
World Water Week 2014 Conclusions Released

30 September 2014 - The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) released the report ‘2014 Overarching Conclusions: World Water Week in Stockholm, Energy and Water’, which analyzes the discussions that took place during World Water Week 2014 and summarizes themes and conclusions related to the energy-water nexus. World Water Week 2014 was held from 1-6 September 2014, in Stockholm, Sweden, on the theme Water and Energy and counted with the participation of UN-Water and several UN agencies and programmes. The report highlights the close interdependence between the water and energy sectors and the importance of a closer understanding of the dynamics of both sectors in order to provide for sustainable energy and water supplies.
>> Access the reportPDF document


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CEO Water Mandate Releases Final Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines

29 September 2014 - The UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate initiative has released the finalized Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines – a common approach for companies to effectively and intelligibly disclose the many elements of their corporate water management practice to key stakeholders. The Guidelines aim to harmonize reporting approaches, minimizing reporting burdens so companies spend less time on different reports and more time actively managing water.
>> Access the Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines


Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Credit: UN Graphic Design Unit
Ban urges global leaders to "finish the job", deadline looming

25 September 2014 - Great gains have been made in the global effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), but with the deadline fast approaching more must be done to meet the targets set for 2015 and beyond, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. In his remarks to a gathering of 300 global leaders convened by the MDG Advocacy Group, Mr. Ban applauded the successes made so far in pushing forward with the Goals and in having "raised awareness, mobilized resources, and helped shape policy." The meeting also marked the release of the Group’s latest report ‘Accelerating Action: Global Leaders on Challenges and Opportunities for MDG Achievement’. With 462 days until the MDG deadline, the report strikes an optimistic note, adding that with many of the Goals already met – including the reduction of poverty, increasing access to clean drinking water, improving the lives of slum dwellers, and achieving gender parity in schools – many more targets are also within reach by the end of 2015.
But, Mr. Ban warned, much more remained to be done in order to "finish the job."
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EVENTS

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) logo10th meeting of the Compliance Committee under the Protocol on Water and Health
Date: 25 November 2014
Place: Geneva, Switzerland
Organizers: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe

This meeting will be held back to back with the 7th meeting of the Working Group on Water and Health (Geneva, 26–27 November 2014). The main objective of the 10th meeting will be to discuss the different follow up actions planned as the result of the decisions taken by the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol at its third session. Observers interested in participating are requested to register no later than 5 November 2014.
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Capacity Development to Support National Drought Management Policies InitiativeNorth Africa Regional Workshop of the UN-Water Initiative “Capacity Development to Support National Drought Management Policies”
Date: 17-20 November 2014
Place: Cairo, Egypt
Organizers: UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC)

This workshop is part of a series of regional workshops in several drought-prone regions organized to support drought management policies at national level. The period to nominate organisations’ representatives to participate in the workshop is now open.
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>> Capacity development to support national drought management policies initiative

United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) logoUNITAR’S E-Course on Water Diplomacy
Date: 17 November - 14 December 2014
Place: Online
Organizer: United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in collaboration with the University of East Anglia (Water Security Research Centre) and UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP)

The purpose of this course is to raise awareness on the current state of freshwater resources worldwide and the need for adequate diplomatic solutions to stimulate cooperation around the way the resource is managed. It will provide knowledge resources, circumstantial experiences, and tools to enhance the ability of water-relevant stakeholders to assess, prevent, and respond to the tensions arising from situations of water scarcity and mismanagement worldwide. Participants from Least Developed Countries are eligible to apply for a fellowship.
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Realising the human rights to water and sanitation: A handbookUnited Nations General Assembly side-event on the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation: challenges and opportunities for their realization
Date: 22 October 2014
Place: Dag Hammarskjold Library auditorium, United Nations Headquarters, New York.
Organisers: Permanent Missions of Germany and Spain to the United Nations in New York and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

In the framework of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, the outgoing UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, has organised a side-event to discuss tools for the realization of the rights to water and sanitation and remedies for violations of these rights. In this context she will present her new publication ‘Realising the human rights to water and sanitation: A handbook’. This Handbook is the product of six years work and a collaborative approach to the identification of the key barriers, challenges and opportunities that stakeholders encounter in realising these rights.
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>> Handbook "Realizing the human rights to water and sanitation"

International Conference Public – Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the water and sanitation sector: an exchange of experiences between Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East and North AfricaInternational Conference Public – Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the water and sanitation sector: an exchange of experiences between Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East and North Africa
Date: 21-22 October 2014
Place: Room XI, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
Organizers: UNECE International PPP Centre of Excellence, World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

This conference will explore challenges, bottlenecks, results and achievements in water and sanitation PPPs through case studies of experiences in Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East and North Africa with the aim to identify best practices and identify a roadmap for future work on water and sanitation PPPs in these regions. The conference will also officially launch the International Centre of Excellence international centre on water and sanitation PPPs.
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Global Handwashing DayGlobal Handwashing Day
Date: 15 October 2014
Place: Worldwide
Organizers: The Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap (PPPHW)

Global Handwashing Day is celebrated every year with over 200 million people involved in celebrations in over 100 countries around the world. Global Handwashing is endorsed by a wide array of governments, international institutions, civil society organizations, NGOs, private companies, and individuals. It was originally created for children and schools, but can be celebrated by anyone promoting handwashing with soap.
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UNITAR logoE-learning course on Governance in Urban Sanitation
Date: 6 October-12 December 2014
Place: Online
Organizers: United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

This online course aims to enhance the capacity of local decision-makers to make enlightened decisions and investments in the area of urban sanitation. It provides analytical tools to understand the financial and institutional framework of the sanitation sector, taking into account the needs of urban poor communities.
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