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2015: Time to invest in clean water and sanitation

SDG Goal 62015 will be a critical year for the global community and the United Nations. It is the year we face several decisions – on disaster risk reduction, financing for development, sustainable development and climate – that will shape our collective futures for generations to come.  Continue reading

Vanuatu: one month on, thousands remain in need of water, food and shelter

17074723835_17a3f1cc6c_zAlmost one month after Cyclone Pam came through the archipelago of Vanuatu, the Government-­‐led response is in urgent need of funding to continue basic humanitarian relief efforts such as food, safe drinking water and shelter. The cyclone destroyed more than 90 per cent of crops, leaving a population that relies heavily on subsistence agriculture without Continue reading

FAO warns of 2050 deadline for dwindling water supplies

FAO water photoIn 2050 there will be enough water to help produce the food needed to feed a global population expected to top nine billion, but overconsumption, degradation and the impact of climate change will reduce water supplies in many regions, especially developing countries, FAO and the World Water Council (WWC) have warned in a paper published today. Continue reading

UN MDG report 2013: Some targets met, others within reach


With the deadline for the MDGs on the horizon, progress can be reported in most areas, despite the impact of the global economic and financial crisis. Several important targets have or will be met by 2015, assuming continued commitment by national governments, the international community, civil society and the private sector. That said, progress in many areas is far from sufficient. Redoubled efforts are urgently needed, particularly in regions most behind to jumpstart advancement and achieve maximum gains. The world community should take pride in its accomplishments thus far, while building on existing momentum to reach as many goals as possible by 2015 and to realize gains for all. Continue reading

‘Water for Life’ UN-Water Best Practices Award

'Water for Life' UN-Water Best Practices AwardFourth edition of ‘Water for Life’ UN-Water Best Practices Award is now open for applications.  The purpose of the Award is to promote efforts to fulfil international commitments made on water and water-related issues by 2015 through recognition of outstanding best practices that can ensure the long-term sustainable management of water resources and contribute to the achievement of internationally agreed goals and targets contained Continue reading

World Tourism Day essay, photo & twitter competitions

World Tourism Day logoOn the occasion of this year’s World Tourism Day celebrations, UNWTO is organizing its first ever WTD Essay Competition, while the 2013 World Tourism Day photo & twitter competition will be launched shortly. Celebrated globally on 27 September, the day represents a unique opportunity to raise awareness of tourism’s role in water access and shine a spotlight on the sector’s contribution to Continue reading