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24 Feb 2020 - 08:01 - BRAZZAVILLE, Democratic Republic of Congo - Staff - Water Diplomat
Parties to the 1998 Bamako Convention has adopted a new set of decisions to strengthen the Convention at the third Conference of the Parties to the Covention (COP3). The original purposes of the Convention are:
- To prohibit the import of all hazardous and radioactive wastes into the African continent for any reason;
- To minimize and control transboundary movements of hazardous wastes within the African continent.
- To prohibit all ocean and inland water dumping or incineration of hazardous wastes.
- To ensure that disposal of wastes is conducted in an “environmentally sound manner".
- To promote cleaner production over the pursuit of a permissible emissions approach based on assimilative capacity assumptions
- To establish the precautionary principle.
24 Feb 2020 - 08:33 - LONDON, United Kingdom - Staff - Water Diplomat
Participants at an international conference to celebrate the “Blue Peace Decade”, held in London, United Kingdom 17-18 February, reflected on the evolution of Blue Peace in the last decade, and brainstormed about possible paths ahead. Speakers discussed “Evolution of Blue Peace: Global and Regional Progress”; “Importance of Data Exchange and Innovative Finance”; “Role of Media in Blue Peace” and “Future Directions”.
24 Feb 2020 - 07:46 - MASERU, Lesotho - Staff - Water Diplomat
NGO Amnesty International has called for a halt to the construction of the Polihali Dam in Lesotho, at least until local communities in the Mokhotlong district have been properly consulted and compensated.
24 Feb 2020 - 06:27 - BAKERSFIELD CA - Local Press Report
President Donald Trump on Wednesday dropped into one of the few regions in California that has embraced his presidency to celebrate new federal rules delivering more water to Central Valley farmers
24 Feb 2020 - 06:30 - VIENNA - Local Press Report
Seasonal pumped hydropower storage (SPHS), an already established yet infrequently used technology, could be an affordable and sustainable solution to store energy and water on an annual scale, acc
24 Feb 2020 - 06:29 - OLYMPIA WA - Local Press Report
Washington state, land of sprawling rainforests and glacier-fed rivers, might soon become the first in the nation to ban water bottling companies from tapping spring-fed sources.
24 Feb 2020 - 06:31 - VIENTIENE - Local Press Report
China on Thursday said it was helping its downstream neighbors cope with a prolonged drought by releasing more water from its dams on the Mekong River, adding it would consider sharing information
21 Feb 2020 - 08:30 - ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Staff - Water Diplomat
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for the Indus River waters shared by Pakistan and India to be used as a “tool for peace and not war".
21 Feb 2020 - 07:46 - FT LAUDERDALE FL - Local Press Report
More than 211 million gallons of sewage has spilled into the waterways and streets of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, killing fish, seeping into houses and prompting the mayor to plead for state and fede
21 Feb 2020 - 07:45 - SEATTLE WA - Local Press Report
Today, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced that he would be committing $10 billion to fight climate change through a new fund called the Bezos Earth Fund.
21 Feb 2020 - 07:47 - AGADIR - Local Press Report
The Agadir desalination project is along the largest projects in the Mediterranean and African region, said on Thursday Director General of the National Office for Electricity and Drinking Water (O
21 Feb 2020 - 07:48 - MUNDRI - Local Press Report
To counteract a particular result of the increase in population and water demand, the United Nations Misssion in South Sudan is currently undertaking a quick impact project in four villages on the
20 Feb 2020 - 10:09 - ROME, Italy - Staff - Water Diplomat
A group of 23 former foreign ministers has warned that humanity’s ongoing destruction of nature threatens the survival of our species. In an 18 February statement released by members of the Aspen Ministers Forum, the ministers call for more attention to be focused on rapidly warming oceans given their importance in producing oxygen and food for the world’s population of over 7 billion people. In addition, the group urges world leaders who will convene in Rome, Italy, 24 February to back the draft United Nations agreement to protect about one-third of the world’s oceans and land.
A meeting of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was planned to take place in Kunming, Yunnan province, China from 24-29 February, but has been relocated to Rome, Italy, on the same dates because of coronavirus concerns.
20 Feb 2020 - 09:30 - SINGAPORE, Singapore - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Even as “white knight” investor, UAE utility Utico, sought to clarify its offer to certain holders of Hyflux's perpetual securities and preference shares (PnP), a third suitor has expressed interest to invest in the troubled Singapore environmental services company.
20 Feb 2020 - 07:26 - LONDON - Local Press Report
Thames Water has backed down from the water industry rebellion against the regulator by accepting Ofwat’s toughest crackdown on profits.
20 Feb 2020 - 07:27 - MOOSE CREEK AK - Local Press Report
Work will begin next month on a $30 million project to extend utility North Pole’s municipal water system to Moose Creek, where residents can no longer use their wells because the groundwater’s been contaminated by PFAS, a chemical compound that came from Eielson Air Force Base.
20 Feb 2020 - 07:49 - EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - OOSKAnews Correspondent
After this week, the next issue of the OOSKAnews International Water Weekly (subscription-based) will publish on Wenesday 26 February after a US public holiday this week. The OOSKAnews website will contine to be updated with current water news and intelligence and The Water Diplomat (Free, Monthly) will publish at the end of February with no interruption.
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19 Feb 2020 - 10:34 - NEW YORK NY, New York - Staff - Water Diplomat
A coalition of United States racial justice organisations has written to the governor of Lagos, Nigeria, arguing against possible "inherently unjust" privatisation of the state's water. Those objecting to the state’s plans include prominent African-American civil rights activist, and former US Presidential candidate Jesse Jackson.
19 Feb 2020 - 10:45 - NEW DELHI, India - Staff - Water Diplomat
A new collaboration that will bring together civil society, governments and the pharmaceutical industry was launched in New Delhi 11 February.
The group, initiated by Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) in collaboration with the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, has been formed to promote the Responsible Antibiotics Manufacturing Platform (RAMP). RAMP is intended to address the global health threat related to the increase in emissions in the manufacturing process of antibiotics. RAMP will also promote collaboration between pioneers in the field of sustainable public procurement and the pharmaceutical industry.
19 Feb 2020 - 10:00 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
Christine Gottschalk, director of the Centre for Resilience at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has described restructure of the agency's resilience programmes as conducive to "...really thinking about shocks and stresses as perennial features and not anomalies...This is really about knowing that [droughts and floods are] going to happen. How do we plan for it so we can be responsive?”