UNESCO introduces low-cost water filter to remove arsenic

With potentially poisonous arsenic in drinking water being both a natural phenomena and a toxic by-product of mining, mineral extraction and coal-burning electricity production, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today unveiled a low-cost filter, made from an industrial waste product that is designed to remove the harmful substance.

Where taste buds fail, nuclear technology succeeds in UN water age test

As far as water vintage goes, age makes no difference, according to a "taste test" exhibit at the United Nations nuclear watchdog's General Conference in Vienna today. But what the taste buds fail to pick up on, nuclear technology discerns, helping countries to better manage their freshwater sources.

Infrastructure development threatens water supplies to billions in Asia – UN report

Overgrazing, deforestation and the building of roads and settlements on the mountains of Asia are increasing the risk of flooding in some areas and drying up rivers in others, affecting billions of people and endangering the region’s rich wildlife, according to a new report from the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).

Meeting goals of ‘Water for Life’ Decade requires sustained commitment – Annan

With limited contributions and commitments so far to advance the goals of the “Water for Life” Decade, which kicked off last March, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for increased and better targeted fund-raising and awareness-raising efforts that will help ensure long-term sustainable water use and improved sanitation.

UN-backed treaty to prevent water-borne diseases in Europe enters into force

A treaty to prevent such water-related diseases as cholera, dysentery and typhoid through the provision of safe drinking water and adequate sanitation in cross-boundary European river basins entered into force today, following its ratification by the required 16 countries, according to the United Nations health agency.

As tourist season nears peak, UN agency issues tips to avoid travellers' diarrhoea

With travellers' diarrhoea affecting at least some 10 million people each year and the tourist season approaching its peak, the United Nations health agency today issued a paper outlining ways to avoid the scourge, including boiling water, disinfecting with chemicals such as chlorine and iodine and drinking bottled water from known sources.

UN water project in Northern Africa receives additional funding

A United Nations project to help Northern African countries manage shared groundwater through nuclear science has received a $1 million grant from an independent body that provides grants to developing countries for projects benefiting the global environment and promoting sustainable livelihoods in local communities.

Two billion people need access to basic sanitation by 2015 to meet UN target

Nearly 2 billion people must be provided safe water and basic sanitation by 2015 to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the number lacking access, the UN public health and children’s agencies said today.

UN nuclear energy agency helps countries safeguard shared water sources

The United Nations nuclear energy agency is working closely with several other UN agencies, especially the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), to help countries assess and manage limited water resources, especially when shared between countries.

Niagara of challenges faces UN in fight to bring safe and sufficient water to world

The numbers speak volumes, a Niagara of challenges in the United Nations battle for safe water: 4,000 children dying each day from water-borne diseases; 400 million youngsters lacking even the bare minimum of safe water they need to live; a staggering 2.6 billion people without access to basic sanitation.