Top UN rights official underscores importance of adequate water

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today hailed the decision by a key expert panel to adopt a position paper on the right to water.

UN agency launches trust fund to boost worldwide access to basic sanitation, clean water

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has set up a trust fund aimed at halving the number of people who do not have access to basic sanitation or clean water.

Untreated sewage threatens world's seas, coastal populations, UN agency says

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today called for governments to back wastewater emission targets as a key step towards cleaning up the world's seas and reducing the number of people at risk of disease because they lack access to basic sanitation services.

Water key resource for development activities, UN says in marking World Water Day

Noting the central role of water in development activities, United Nations officials today observed World Water Day by stressing the need for conservation as well as investment in cooperative activities that would make the valuable resource available to all.

UN environment agency launches website about freshwater issues

With the world's drinking water resources in a declining state and fast becoming the major subject on the environment and development agenda for this century, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today launched a new website containing information about freshwater issues.