Threats to forests could imperil global freshwater supplies

Safeguarding forests is essential for sustainable management of global freshwater resources and avoiding water shortages, according to United Nations officials and forest experts at an event today marking the International Day of Forests.

Sanitation becomes separate UN human right in enhanced fight against infection

With more than 2.5 billion people worldwide, one third of the total population, living without access to proper toilets, the United Nations General Assembly has recognised sanitation as a separate human right in a bid to curb a major source of deadly infections.

2018-04-22T12:02:04-04:0004 Jan 2016|Goal 6: Water and Sanitation, News|

UNICEF urges swift action, ‘robust financing’ to close water and sanitation gaps in sub-Saharan Africa

Some 180,000 children under the age of five die every year – roughly 500 a day – in sub–Saharan Africa due to diarrhoeal diseases linked to inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene, the United Nations Children''s Fund (UNICEF) warned today ahead of a conference in the region on boosting financing for the sector.

2018-04-22T12:02:16-04:0016 Dec 2015|Goal 6: Water and Sanitation, News|

Children under five account for one third of deaths from foodborne diseases – new UN report

Diarrhoeal diseases are responsible for more than half of all foodborne diseases globally and of all those who fall ill after consuming contaminated food, 420,000 people die – almost third of them children under the age of five, the World Health Organization said today in its first ever report on the issue.

2015-12-03T19:04:23-05:0003 Dec 2015|Goal 3: Good Health, Goal 6: Water and Sanitation, News|

Special UN event stresses key role of water management in tackling challenges of climate change

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted a meeting on the links between water management and disaster risk reduction today, stressing that floods, droughts and cyclones have caused more than $1 trillion in damages and affected over 4 billion people since 1990.

2018-04-22T12:03:25-04:0018 Nov 2015|Goal 13: Climate Action, Goal 6: Water and Sanitation, News|

New global arena needed to confront water challenges, UN board says

The supreme importance of water and sanitation to development and well-being merits creation of a powerful new global arena inside the UN, dedicated to resolving water conflicts and common challenges while tracking progress against the world’s newly-agreed development goals.

2018-04-22T12:03:27-04:0018 Nov 2015|Goal 6: Water and Sanitation, News|

Millions of children’s lives at stake as El Niño strengthens, UNICEF ‘wake-up call’ report warns

As a result of a strengthening El Niño, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is warning that an estimated 11 million children are at risk from hunger, disease and lack of water in eastern and southern Africa alone, as the weather phenomenon has left droughts and floods in its wake throughout parts of Asia, the Pacific and Latin America.

Millions of children will fall behind unless new UN development goals focus on most in need – UNICEF

The global community will fail millions of children if it does not focus on the most disadvantaged, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warns in its final report on achievement of the child-related UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), emphasizing that “we were not ambitious enough” to reach those with the greatest needs.

In Tajikistan, UN chief highlights importance of safe water, sanitation and human rights

Kicking off a high-level event on water in Tajikistan today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged nations in the region and beyond to renew their commitment to safe water and sanitation as the international community forges ahead with the post-2015 development agenda and climate change intensifies the need to act.

UN food agency warns of 2050 deadline for dwindling water supplies, urges government action

Although the world's water supplies are expected to remain sufficient for a global population of nine billion in 2050, continuing overconsumption and the impact of climate change will diminish their availability in many of the planet's neediest regions, according to a new United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report.

A “water secure future” is possible with changes to water management practices

A possible 40 per cent water shortfall in freshwater supplies by 2030 could be avoided if the international community takes recommended action, according to the 2015 World Water Development report.

Deputy UN chief calls for ‘hydro-diplomacy’ as world faces growing water shortages

30 March 2015 - The international community must gear up for a new era of “hydro-diplomacy” as the threat of water scarcity risks plunging the world into a period of geopolitical tension and stunted development, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told delegates gathered at the General Assembly today.

World Water Day 2015: UN calls for global unity in pursuit of better water access for all

As the perils of climate change increasingly threaten the planet, the international community must unite in “a spirit of urgent cooperation” to address the many water-related challenges facing humanity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today.

2018-04-22T12:11:12-04:0022 Mar 2015|Goal 6: Water and Sanitation, News|