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16 Apr 2020 - 05:49 - ABU DHABI - Local Press Report
Utico, the Middle East’s leading full service utility and the only private water and power company in the UAE today said that it is offering 100 per cent deferment of utility bills to consumers who have lost their jobs because of COVID-19 crisis and would like to stay in the country to find new jobs.
16 Apr 2020 - 05:40 - NAIROBI - Local Press Report
The continuing COVID-19 pandemic could make it difficult for Africa to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an economist says.
16 Apr 2020 - 05:43 - SANTIAGO - Local Press Report
Intense droughts lasting a year or two are common in Chile and other countries with Mediterranean climates. But the drought currently gripping central Chile—which has dragged on for more than a decade—is something quite different.
16 Apr 2020 - 05:44 - DALLAS TX - Local Press Report
Data centers add substantially to the demand for potable water. IT equipment they house use enormous amounts of energy, generating enormous amounts of heat, which data centres are designed to remove.
16 Apr 2020 - 05:47 - HEBRON - Local Press Report
Several armed Israeli colonial settlers reportedly caused flooding of Palestinian-owned grape farms, on Monday, in north of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.
16 Apr 2020 - 05:39 - ANKARA - Local Press Report
On Monday, Turkish media outlets had reported that the water in dams was at critical levels following a surge in water consumption as citizens looking to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic paid much more attention to hygiene.
16 Apr 2020 - 05:42 - PUERTO ROSARIO - Local Press Report
Below normal rains in the Parana-Paraguay water basin is hampering grain transport through waterways in Argentina as the water level of the river has dropped significantly, Bolsa de Comercio de Ros
16 Apr 2020 - 05:46 - KATHMANDU - Local Press Report
As Nepal struggles to manage the country’s many rivers, it finds that its new federal system under the Constitution promulgated in 2015 provides more confusion than help.
15 Apr 2020 - 11:12 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
Actions by China have been described as compounding a 2019 Mekong River drought that had severe impacts on livelihoods in downstream nations. China is accused in an April 2020 US government-funded study of restricting water flow from 11 upstream dams, affecting approximately 60 million people live in the Lower Mekong where agriculture and fishing are the principal sources of support. Ordinarily, seasonal drought in China eventually becomes a seasonal drought in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, while abundant water in China causes floods in the Mekong basin, as water is released from dams.
15 Apr 2020 - 10:19 - TRIPOLI, Libya - Staff - Water Diplomat
Water is expected to return to Greater Tripoli and many parts of Libya's Western region within the next two days, Tripoli's Central Municipality announced 14 April. Water has been cut off since a 6 April armed attack on the Shwerif pumping station when valves controlling flows of the country's Great Man Made River Project were disconnected, hitting supply to over 2 million inhabitants.
15 Apr 2020 - 09:39 - GENEVA, Switzerland - Staff - Water Diplomat
While there is no single United Nations entity dedicated exclusively to water issues, over 30 UN organisations carry out water and sanitation programmes, reflecting the fact that water issues run through all of the UN’s main focus areas.
UN-Water, which coordinates the efforts of UN entities and international organizations working on water and sanitation issues, has brought together water and sanitation-related information from UN-Water Members and Partners in the light of the coronavirus global emergency to ensure the most up-to-date information, resources and guidance as they become available.
It has collected and curates water and sanitation-related information from Members and Partners in an up-to-date overview of information, resources and guidance with respect to COVID-19 which will be adjusted as new information is available - LINKED HERE.
15 Apr 2020 - 07:55 - GENEVA, Switzerland - Staff - Water Diplomat
East, Horn And Great Lakes Region Of Africa
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has confirmed its new measures to increase capacity to prevent, treat and limit the potential spread of COVID-19 in refugee settlements in the East, Horn and Great Lakes region of Africa. Living in crowded conditions, without adequate access to water and sanitation facilities, and with precarious livelihoods and food security, refugees in the region are particularly vulnerable to the virus, both in refugee camps and in urban areas.
15 Apr 2020 - 07:24 - EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The next issue of the OOSKAnews International Water Weekly (subscription-based) will publish on Wenesday 22 April after a one-issue holiday break. 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 the month with no interruption.
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The OOSKAnews Team
15 Apr 2020 - 06:33 - New York, United States - Staff - Water DiplomatSenegalese Philosopher Souleymane Bachir Diagne speaks with David Duncan, Publisher, OOSKAnews in this conversation for “The Water Diplomat” - FULL VIDEO HEREProfessor Diagne is based at Columbia University in New York where he is Director of the Institute of African Studies. His teaching stresses the importance of the relationship that humans have with natural resources, including water, and that this should not be a relationship of exploitation, dictated by short-term interest, but of harmony based on the human sense of our own inscription on nature, recognizing that natural resources are finite. In this conversation, the Professor expands upon water’s place in the founding myths of humanity’s origins and the symbology of water; describes how philosophy can inform humanity's relationship with water and other natural resources; the COVID-19 pandemic and lessons to be learned; Ubuntu thinking around human togetherness; water-related conflict and river basin cooperation in the Sahel; hopes for the 2021 World Water Forum in Dakar, Senegal.
The conversation makes reference to the film and musical presentation Water and Peace at the Heart of the "Festival à Sahel Ouvert" which sheds a local, philosophical and cultural light on the challenges of water in the Sahel LINKED HERE
8 Apr 2020 - 14:50 - BEIJING - Local Press Report
China will transfer 80 million cubic meters of water to the Xianghai Wetland in Northeast China's Jilin province, the Ministry of Water Resources said Tuesday.
8 Apr 2020 - 14:51 - TASHKENT - Local Press Report
The Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade (MIFT) has attracted funds from the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to develop sustainable water supply and sanitation infrastructure in pri
8 Apr 2020 - 14:53 - TRIPOLI - Local Press Report
The Man-made River Authority (MMRA) said Monday, that water supplies have been cut off to a number of cities in the western region after gunmen stormed the Shwerif site and forced workers to close
8 Apr 2020 - 07:23 - GENEVA, Switzerland - Staff - Water Diplomat
The COVID-19 pandemic will have an impact on quantity and quality of weather observations and forecasts around the world, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Large parts of the global observation system are fully automated but crucial maintenance functions may be delayed, causing a gap in the ability to gather information.
7 Apr 2020 - 09:45 - RAMALLAH - Local Press Report
The Palestinian Water Authority Monday warned that dumping colonial Israeli settlements wastewater onto Palestinian vineyards in the town of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron city, exposes Palestinians t
7 Apr 2020 - 09:47 - ACCRA - Local Press Report
Minister for Information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has advised Ghanaians not to embark on 'free water challenge' after President Akufo-Addo announced that government will absorb water bill for April, May