UN-backed conference aims to improve global water resources management
By 2050, at least a quarter of the global population could be living in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of fresh water, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) warned on Monday.
The UN agency and its partners are this week holding a conference in Geneva to boost collaboration on improving the availability and use of water resources.
Population growth, urbanization and pollution are some of the factors putting pressure on global water supply, according to WMO chief Petteri Taalas.
Meanwhile, “climate change is leading to more extreme and unpredictable weather, whilst the melting of glaciers and incursion of salt water into freshwater supplies spells trouble for future generations,” he added.
The HydroConference aims to promote collaboration, including on data collection, to meet current and future water demands.
Two hydrological scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the field also will be honoured during the three-day gathering, which concludes on Wednesday.
Largest cholera vaccine drive ever targets 2 million in Africa
The largest cholera vaccination campaign in history is under way in Africa, targeting more than 2 million people in five countries.
The drive in Nigeria, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia and South Sudan comes amid a spate of cholera outbreaks across the continent and is expected to be completed by mid-June.
Cholera is an acute diarrhoea-related disease caused by ingesting contaminated food or water.
It can kill within hours if left untreated.
However, the UN health agency, WHO, says cholera is easily treatable.
People in the five African countries will receive doses of oral cholera vaccine.
The vaccines are funded by Gavi, the global Vaccine Alliance, which is a public-private partnership that provides vaccines in lower-income countries.
The campaigns are being implemented by each country’s health ministry, supported by WHO and its partners.
UN chief condemns deadly attack at Afghan mosque
The UN Secretary-General has condemned a deadly attack on a mosque in Afghanistan that was being used as a voter registration centre.
At least 14 people were killed and 30 injured, according to media reports.
The incident occurred on Sunday in Khost Province, located in the east of the country.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has extended his condolences to the families of the victims, according to a statement issued by his spokesman.
He also wished a speedy recovery to the wounded.
Afghanistan is due to hold parliamentary elections in October.
The UN chief extended his solidarity to citizens “seeking to exercise their constitutional rights” and take part in the forthcoming vote, the statement concluded.