UN-sponsored conference seeks ways to ensure safe water in sub-Saharan Africa

With over 300 million people lacking access to safe water in sub-Saharan Africa and more than 500 million without adequate sanitation, a United Nations-sponsored workshop of water utility managers across the continent has called for increased financing and oversight, including innovative ways to raise funds.

Three young athletes run the Sahara in UN-backed bid to focus on global water crisis

Running over endless sands and camel tracks, past towering dunes, stark rock mountains and mud-brick mosques, through oases and nomad settlements, three young athletes are pounding their way across the Sahara Desert, covering the equivalent of two marathons a day in some of the harshest conditions on Earth in a United Nations-backed bid to raise awareness of the burgeoning global water crisis.

In new UN-sports partnership, UNICEF races with European swimming for clean water

In yet another partnership between a United Nations agency and a sports organization to raise awareness and funds, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has teamed up with the European Swimming League (Ligue Européene de Natation – LEN) in a race against time to prevent deaths from unclean water.

Fluoride in drinking water causing serious health problems, warns UN report

Excessive amounts of fluoride in drinking water are exposing millions of people around the world to risks ranging from often crippling skeletal problems to milder dental conditions, according to a report released today by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).

Rainwater harvesting could end much of Africa’s water shortage, UN reports

African countries suffering or facing water shortages as a result of climate change have a massive potential in rainwater harvesting, with nations like Ethiopia and Kenya capable of meeting the needs of six to seven times their current populations, according to a United Nations report released today.

UN helps Guinea to avert water-borne epidemics after heavy flooding

Seeking to prevent cholera and typhoid outbreaks following severe flooding in the Kindia region of Guinea, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will distribute water purification tablets and help local authorities take other measures to treat the water supply.

UNICEF report shows progress on access to water and sanitation, but problems remain

Although more than 1.2 billion people have gained access to safe drinking water since 1990, at least four of every 10 people still lack basic sanitation, contributing to the deaths from diarrhoea of about 1.5 million children under the age of five each year, according to a report released today by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Annan, Jay-Z announce UN-MTV global campaign on world’s water crisis

Educating young people on the devastating impact of the world’s water crisis got a boost today as Secretary-General Kofi Annan joined Def Jam President and CEO Jay-Z and MTV President Christina Norman, along with representatives of key UN agencies, at United Nations Headquarters in New York to launch a joint initiative aimed at spotlighting the issue.

UN commission signs unprecedented water accord with Republic of Korea

The United Nations regional commission for development in Asia today announced it had reached an historical agreement with the national water utility of the Republic of Korea to promote regional cooperation in water resources and risk management in natural disasters.

UN agency joins African Development Bank to spur clean water for cities

The provision of safe water and sanitation in African cities will benefit from $500 million in funding from the African Development Bank (ADB) in coming years under a landmark Memorandum of Understanding signed with the United Nations agency entrusted with promoting socially and environmentally sustainable cities.