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Safe drinking water, sanitation, are ‘basic human rights’: new UN Water Development report

Safe water and access to proper sanitation are essential to eradicate poverty, build peaceful societies and ensure that no one is left behind on the path towards sustainable development, according to the 2019 UN World Water Development Report, launched on Tuesday in Geneva. 

FROM THE FIELD: ‘Harvested’ rainwater saves Tanzanian students from stomach ulcers, typhoid

The students in the Tanzanian town of Bagamoyo once had to decide between getting sick or being thirsty all day long.

UN forum to coordinate global efforts to address worsening water shortages

With extreme weather costing hundreds of billions a year and fears that by 2050, one in four people will be living in a country affected by severe water shortages, a global conference got underway on Monday convened by the United Nations meteorological agency to manage the precious resource more sustainably.

News in Brief 07 May 2018

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Darfur population growth putting a strain on water access

Population growth around the major cities in Darfur is having an impact on access to safe drinking water.

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Podcast Classics: Marlon Brando highlights 'life & death' value of fresh flowing water

It’s World Water Day, and for our Podcast Classics series: Marlon Brando narrates the story of how the UN Technical Assistance Administration brought “pure, sweet, flowing” water to one Bolivian village; and a look back at the 1950s struggle to provide access to clean running water in El Salvador.

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World cannot take water for granted, say UN officials at launch of global decade for action

The United Nations on Thursday launched a 10-year water action plan that seeks to forge new partnerships, improve cooperation and strengthen capacity to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

News in Brief 22 March 2018

  • Water “is a matter of life and death”: UN chief
  • Attack on UN camp in Mali condemned by MINUSMA chief
  • UN deputy chief lauds “great potential” of Liberia to “achieve lasting stability”
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Studying water scarcity trends, helping communities adapt can ease migration pressures, says UN agency

Water scarcity and poor access to safe water sources pose major challenges for two-thirds of the world’s population, the United Nations food security agency said Tuesday, warning that worsening shortages could soon force people to leave their communities.

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.