UN spotlights rainwater recycling, artificial wetlands among ‘green’ solutions to global water crisis

With five billion people at risk of having difficulty accessing adequate water by 2050, finding nature-based solutions, such as China’s rainwater recycling, India’s forest regeneration and Ukraine’s artificial wetlands, is becoming increasingly important, according to a United Nations report released Monday at the world’s largest water-related event in Brazil.

UN-World Bank panel calls for ‘fundamental shift’ in water management

With 700 million people worldwide at risk of being displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030, water infrastructure investment must be at least doubled over the next five years, a panel set up by the United Nations and the World Bank recommended on Wednesday.   

News in Brief 06 March 2018

  • 25 million child marriages averted in last decade: UNICEF
  • Lifesaving aid to Eastern Ghouta “cut short” due to escalating violence
  • “Ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya continues: senior UN human rights official
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News in Brief 21 February 2018

  • Syria crisis: UN chief “deeply alarmed” over besieged Eastern Ghouta
  • Data key to achieving SDGs: UN deputy chief
  • UNESCO promotes value of multilingualism on International Mother Language Day
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A long way still to go for gender equality: UN Women report

UN Women released a report on Wednesday that underscores the pervasive nature of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.

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UN will ‘not tolerate’ sexual harassment in its ranks – Guterres

Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday made clear that the United Nations will not tolerate sexual harassment “anytime, anywhere,” within its ranks and laid out a five-point plan to ensure equality across the Organization, which he said was critical to tackle on the challenge of such behavior.

News in Brief 13 December 2017 (AM)

Half the world lacks access to “essential health services”

At least half of the world’s population lacks access to essential health services, with around 100 million people forced to live in “extreme poverty” due to the cost of health care.

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News in Brief 12 December 2017 (PM)

Align financial investments with climate objectives: UN Secretary-General

Finance will be the “decisive factor” between winning or losing the battle against climate change.

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Sustainable fashion leader pins hope on humanitarian values

Changing the fashion industry and making it more aware of global humanitarian and environmental concerns, demands expertise, and above all, passion.

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“Overlooked” Zakat could unlock billions in new SDG funding: UNDP

Islam’s mandatory system of charitable giving, known as Zakat, could unlock billions of dollars needed for the world to reach the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

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