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10 Nov 2020 - 08:27 - TUNIS, Tunisia - Staff - Water Diplomat
A new partnership between international NGO the Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) and the French Development Agency (AFD) aims to promote a more open dialogue of public policies and to foster regional knowledge sharing on issues and solutions that deal with water stress, declining agricultural yields and the increase of extreme weather events.
10 Nov 2020 - 08:13 - ROME, Italy - Staff - Water Diplomat
Pope Francis called for the protection of water as a common good, saying that its use “must respect its universal destination”, at an 8 November event of the Italian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
10 Nov 2020 - 08:38 - NEW YORK NY, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
The United Nations Secretary-General has called for better management of natural resources and ecosystems to pave a path towards peace in war-torn societies and help crisis-affected countries boost sustainable development.
10 Nov 2020 - 07:29 - KYIV, Ukraine - Staff - Water Diplomat
Tensions between Russia and Ukraine over access to water in Russia-occupied Crimea, that started with a blockade of the North Crimea canal in 2014, continue.
Ukraine lawmaker Rustam Umerov has claimed that Russian occupation forces deliver the water to the military bases first, and refuse residents access to the 3 million cubic meters that they need. The shortfall in availability has been aggravated by an exceptionally dry summer, necessitating the imposition of the most severe restrictions on water supply.
10 Nov 2020 - 07:11 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
The International Hydropower Association (IHA) has launched a new global initiative of 11 governments and more than 60 organisations to address the urgent need for clean and reliable energy storage.
10 Nov 2020 - 07:04 - GENEVA, Switzerland - Staff - Water Diplomat
A new, jointly-produced report from a diverse group of organisations working on human rights, peacebuilding and environmental issues has been launched to demonstrate the breadth and complexity of conflict-linked environmental harm.
Case studies from Iraq, Syria, Colombia, Yemen, Ukraine, Laos DPR and Senegal direct attention to the environment in relation to armed conflict.
"Witnessing the Environmental Impacts of War" suggests that conflict creates governance gaps that have a direct and negative impact on both humanity and the environment. The group calls for “bold leadership, supported by science-based solutions” that will protect ecosystems and save lives.
10 Nov 2020 - 07:56 - SINGAPORE - Local Press Report
The 718 million rand (S$70 million) sale of Sembcorp Industries' (SCI) South African municipal water assets, completed back in 2018, may potentially be reversed as a result of legal proceedings.
10 Nov 2020 - 07:58 - IBADAN - Local Press Report
The Programme Manager, National Onchocerciasis Elimination Programme, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr Michael Igbe, says about 50 million Nigerians are at risk of getting infected with onchocerciasi
10 Nov 2020 - 07:59 - MOSHI - Local Press Report
The Pangani Basin Water Board (PBWB) management has warned residents who engage in human activities, including agricultural activities, near water sources and dams, saying their actions could land
10 Nov 2020 - 07:39 - JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Staff - Water Diplomat
Continuation of construction of the 630 MW Thabametsi coal-fired power plant in Limpopo province is in doubt as key investors follow South Africa’s major banks who have withdrawn commitments due to continuing environmental activism. Only Marubeni Corporation of Japan, with a 50 Percent stake, remains.
Limpopo is water-scarce, with concurrent water quality challenges.
10 Nov 2020 - 07:53 - GENEVA, Switzerland - Staff - Water Diplomat
World Health Organisation Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has described discussions between health, water and finance ministers as among the most important meetings of the year.
Ghebreyesus, addressing Africa’s finance ministers at a 4 November "Sanitation and Water for All" virtual meeting, told the ministers that “Investing in water, sanitation and hygiene is critical to preventing both pandemics and local outbreaks. Its absence leaves us exposed".
10 Nov 2020 - 07:19 - GENEVA, Switzerland - Staff - Water Diplomat
In his first official address as the third UN special rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, Pedro Arrojo-Agudo has said that “to shut the door on the spread of this virus (COVID-19), we must guarantee universal access to water and sanitation services”.
Arrojo-Agudo took up new responsibilities on November 1 in the midst of a double crisis: climate change and COVID-19, and at a time when over 2 billion people worldwide do not have access to clean water for drinking and sanitation.
9 Nov 2020 - 07:00 - NORWICH - Local Press Report
Collecting drinking water in low and middle-income countries can cause serious injury, particularly for women, according to new research from the University of East Anglia.
9 Nov 2020 - 07:03 - JIAMUSI - Local Press Report
Heilongjiang province, a major rice producer, has adopted irrigation methods in more than half of its rice planting areas in a bid to curb over use of water.
9 Nov 2020 - 07:08 - AUCKLAND - Local Press Report
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says the council will consider a proposal to invest a further $1.7 billion in water infrastructure.
9 Nov 2020 - 07:01 - CAIRO - Local Press Report
Egypt’s Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Aaty met, on Tuesday, with representatives of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to discuss cooperation in water and irrigation projects.
9 Nov 2020 - 07:06 - KUALA LUMPUR - Local Press Report
Long-term and short-term measures to ensure stable water supply in households in Selangor are currently being studied.
9 Nov 2020 - 07:02 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
Au revoir, Paris Agreement. As of Wednesday, under United Nations rules, the United States is officially out of the global climate accord.
9 Nov 2020 - 07:01 - NAROK TOWN - Local Press Report
Conflicts between people and wildlife currently rank among the main threats to conservation in Africa, since residents often end up killing endangered species, such as elephants, during confrontations.
9 Nov 2020 - 07:05 - CHANDIGARH - Local Press Report
Two instances of the past fortnight give an encouraging glimpse of efforts to contain the menace of illegal sand mining in the area.