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 News from the International Decade for Action ’Water for Life’ 2005-2015
  Issue 48. 26 September 2014 
This week in focus  Editor’s note

Welcome to the Decade’s Weekly! Every week we bring you the latest news from the International Decade for Action ’Water for Life’ 2005-2015. Please feel free to share this newsletter. You can also access this newsletter online.

Tip of the week

Just 4 more days to nominate projects for the Water for Life Best Practices Award!

Help us make the 5th edition of UN-Water awards the biggest ever, and bring life-changing publicity to water projects that deserve to be better known.

Deadline is 30 September 2014.

>> Nominate your candidate/s


World Habitat Day 2014 puts spotlight on slums

Date: 6 October 2014
Place: Worldwide
Organiser: United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

World Habitat Day will focus this year on slums. This is our opportunity to talk about water and sanitation in the poorest areas of the world’s ever-swelling cities. In 2012, 828 million people were living in slum conditions, lacking basic services such as drinking water and sanitation. This number is increasing by 6 million each year to hit a total of 889 million by 2020.

The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day. The purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.

UN-Habitat calls upon its partners in central government, local government, civil society, the private sector and the media to take part in organizing activities to raise awareness and stimulate debate on the right to sustainable and adequate shelter for all.

>> Visit World Habitat Day website
>> Access to a selection of UN publications on water, sanitation and slums

In the news Forthcoming events
#WorldToiletDay World Toilet Day to highlight open defecation

2.5 billion people do not have access to a clean and safe toilet. So expect more poos in the news because it’s time to talk toilets! World Toilet Day will take place on 19 November. This year’s issues in focus include open defecation, and the women and violence issues. You can get involved from now. Don’t wait until 19 November, it can be too late! Why not sign up for the Urgent Run to show your solidarity with global sanitation issues?
>> More information on World Toilet Day

#WaterSanitationNepal 60 million USD loan approved for water and sanitation in Nepal

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a 60 million USD concessional loan to build water supply and sanitation facilities in 26 small towns across Nepal to meet the rising demand for basic services, improve community health, and reduce flood risks. "Urban centers are growing fast, but access to basic services, including water and toilets is not keeping up, raising the risk of pollution, ill health, and increased poverty," said Fei Yue, Director of the South Asia Urban and Water Division of ADB.
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#ClimateChange Extreme weather dogs Climate Summit

Heavy rains and flooding devastated parts of the Philippines, France and Italy 20-21 September and may be further indications of the ’new normal’ that the world will have to deal with if no accelerated action is taken to curb global warming, the head of United Nations Disaster Reduction Office said on 22 September on the eve of the UN Climate Summit in New York. The UN Climate Summit on 23 September, convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, is the largest gathering of leaders on climate change to date, which aims to mobilize action and obtain more commitments from Governments and actors of the civil society to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and invest in more resilience and adaptation policies.
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#Gender&Climate UN-Women and Mary Robinson host special climate change event for women leaders

On the eve of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Summit, UN climate envoy Mary Robinson and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the head of UN-Women, were gathering with some 130 other women leaders to show their commitment to climate action. "Women and girls are on the front lines of climate change," Mrs. Mlambo-Ngcuka said. "This event is a chance for their voices to be heard, and UN-Women will carry their perspectives forward to the Climate Summit."
>> More information

#UrbanSanitation E-learning course on Governance in Urban Sanitationy

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. Deadline for registration is 29 September 2014.
>> More information

#Hydrology 7th Global FRIEND-Water Conference "Hydrology in a Changing World: Environmental and Human Dimension"

Date: 7-10 October 2014
Place: Montpellier, France
Organizers: UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP), German IHP/HWRP Hydrological Committee, Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD), Hydrosciences Montpellier, UNESCO Office in Jakarta

For over 25 years, FRIEND-Water program has aimed to boost regional experts and communities to generate new knowledge on regional hydrology and multi-scale water cycle processes. FRIEND-Water studies long-term variations and changes in hydrological variables to better understand the effects of climate, environment and human activities on the spatial and temporal distribution of water. Conference topics include: Hydrological databases: how to cope with future questions; Trends in hydrological regimes and extremes; Changes in ecological flows and coastal ecohydrology; Erosion and sediment transport processes and trends; Regional observational-hydrological modelling frameworks; Water resources and prospective scenarios.
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#AfricaSan 4th AfricaSan Conference ’Making Sanitation for All a Reality in Africa’

Date: 8-10 October 2014
Place: Dakar, Senegal
Organizers: African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW)

Since 2008 AfricaSan has been associated with establishing and tracking progress towards achieving the eThekwini commitments. AfricaSan also features a growing and high-level learning exchange on different aspects of sanitation and hygiene service improvement and promotes political prioritization of sanitation and hygiene. The Conference is attended by Ministers responsible for water and sanitation and the key agencies working in this field in Africa. Online registration ends 6 October 2014.
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You make the Decade! Who has joined the Water Decade campaign?

Water, Common Heritage of the World
The Mouvement Jeune Notariat (Young Notaries Group, France) is organizing the congress "Water, Common Heritage of the World", to be held in Venice, Italy, from 11 -15 November 2015, and where the key theme is water. This Congress aims to provide specific solutions to Notaries dealing with water problems. The Young Notaries Group has joined the Water for Life campaign and will include the Decade’s logo on its web site, publications and reports.
>> Contact

"Inevitable" - a novel
Jonathan Nace has self-published the novel "Inevitable", a full-length work of fiction about water scarcity and its effects in the future. The Water for Life Decade’s logo is displayed in the novel’s blog and website.
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Yacullay, The Right to Water and Sanitation
Yacullay, The Right to Water and Sanitation, is a program that began in 2013 and will end in 2015. It is executed by the Spanish branch "Medicus Mundi Alava" and the Peruvian organization ’Rural Educational Services’. This program has launched a photo competition about the Human Right to Water where the winning photographs and a selection of other participants will be shown in an exhibit to be held in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain) and Lima (Peru).
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