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UN agency uses satellite data to aid farmers in Africa, Middle East boost water efficiency

The United Nations agricultural agency created an online database that uses satellite data and Google Earth images to figure out how much water is being used to irrigate crops, focusing on parts of Africa and the Middle East that are facing water scarcity.

News in Brief 13 April 2017 (AM)

More investment needed to meet SDG water and sanitation targets

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Sanitary facilities and adequate nutrition key factors in keeping girls in school

Girls who do not have access to separate sanitary facilities or enough to eat are more likely to drop out of school, and in displaced communities, the problem is exacerbated.

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Former “Lost Boy” bringing water to South Sudan

Small grassroots organizations can make a “great difference” in the communities where they work, according to the founder of a not-for-profit that is providing villagers in South Sudan with access to water.

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News in Brief 22 March 2017 (AM)

“Everyone can do their bit” to re-use more wastewater

Everyone around the world “can do their bit” to reduce and re-use wastewater.

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Wastewater offers huge potential despite “yuck factor”: UN report

Water that has been used in agriculture, industry or the home is an untapped resource that can help address growing water scarcity.

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Wastewater, a sustainable development tool

One thousand children die every day from illnesses linked to poor sanitation but a new approach to wastewater could help do something about it.

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'Nothing can grow without water,' warns UNICEF, as 600 million children could face extreme shortages

Warning that as many as 600 million children – one in four worldwide – will be living in areas with extremely scare water by 2040, the United Nations children's agency has called on governments to take immediate measures to curb the impact on the lives of children.

Wastewater should be recognized as a valuable resource, UN says on World Water Day

In a world where the demand for water continues to grow and the resource is finite, a new United Nations report argues that wastewater, discarded into the environment every day, once treated, can help meet the needs for freshwater as well as for raw materials for energy and agriculture.

News in Brief 6 March 2017 (PM)

UN relief chief in Somalia to assess drought impact

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator has called for stepped up efforts to enable aid workers to access drought-stricken areas of Somalia.

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