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8 Sep 2018 - 10:59 - WASHINGTON, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The World Bank has announced the launch of a Sustainable Development Bond series to raise awareness of the critical role of water and ocean resources. The bonds aim to raise at least $3 Billion USD and will provide investors with an opportunity to highlight their support for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that address water, sanitation and marine protection.
The bond series, announced August 29, supports the World Bank’s strategic focus on conservation and sustainable use of fresh and salt water resources, and forms part of the Bank’s issuance strategy to engage investors around the SDGs since their launch in 2015. The focus for the new series is to support SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation) and SDG 14 (life below water) and follows bond series earlier this year that focused on gender and health and nutrition.
8 Sep 2018 - 10:28 - ISLAMABAD - Local Press Report
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on September 3 approved a $100 Million USD loan to address chronic water shortages and increase earnings on farms in Balochistan.
8 Sep 2018 - 10:30 - THIRUVANANTHAPURAM - Local Press Report
Kerala, the southern Indian state reeling from its worst flooding in a century, is now battling a “fast, progressive” strain of leptospirosis, or “rat fever”, as it is known locally.
8 Sep 2018 - 10:02 - DETROIT, United States - OOSKAnews Info
The Detroit, Michigan Public Schools Superintendent has ordered closure of water fountains and other drinking fixtures in all 106 public schools in Detroit from September 4, the start of the school year, after tsts identified unsafe levels of lead or copper. Replacement coolers and bottled water will cost $200,000 USD over two months, after which the district probably will seek bids for a longer-term contract. Some 50,000 students are affected by the change
8 Sep 2018 - 09:49 - WASHINGTON, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A World Bank-United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO joint discussion paper published August 28 finds that institutional failures to address water-related challenges can act as risk multipliers, compounding existing situations of fragility. But improving water management can contribute to building resilience in the face of protracted crises.
8 Sep 2018 - 09:22 - LONDON, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A model developed by US scientists and NASA satellite data can predict where cholera is most at risk of spreading, with a reported 92 percent accuracy in war-torn Yemen.
The UN describes Yemen as the "worst humanitarian crisis in the world", with millions of Yemenis facing imminent famine as well as battling cholera and diphtheria outbreaks.
Fighting between the Saudi-led Arab coalition backed by the US and UK, and Iranian-backed Houthi rebels has killed more than 10,000 people and caused over 40,000 casualties in Yemen since March 2015. Water networks, power plants, airports, bridges, roads, schools and health facilities have all been destroyed in the fighting.
8 Sep 2018 - 08:58 - STOCKHOLM, Sweden - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Stockholm's annual water event, World Water Week, concluded August 31. The conference, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), attracted more than 3,600 participants from 133 countries who attended nearly 300 sessions.
SIWI’s Executive Director Torgny Holmgren highlighted the participation of younger people in the event this year: “We are on the right track!” he said, adding: “There are many great things going on.”
Antonella Vagliente from Young Water Solutions stressed how young people from indigenous backgrounds are turning traditional knowledge into new businesses: “They have adapted their lifestyles and their communities to nature and we have a lot to learn from that,” she said.
This year’s theme ‘Water, ecosystems and human development’, focused on nature-based solutions and how they can be combined with conventional practices. The message was clear - a combination of green and grey approaches is the only way forward.
8 Sep 2018 - 08:41 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
An August 2018 Report by the World Resources Institute (WRI) reviews key drivers behind links between water risk and security threats, conflict, migration and food security.
“Water, Security and Conflict” is intended for professionals in the defense, diplomacy, and development fields.
A wide range of water-related risks undermine human well-being and can contribute to political instability, violent conflict, human displacement and migration, and acute food insecurity, which in turn can undermine national, regional, and even global security.
Political instability and conflicts are rarely caused by any single factor, such as a water crisis. Instead, water crises should be seen as contributing factors to instability, according to authors Charles Iceland and Peter Gleick.
8 Sep 2018 - 07:33 - TEL AVIV, Israel - OOSKAnews Info
Israel’s Water Authority announced at the end of August that, even with an increase in rainfall over previous years, the country can expect the country's 5 year drought to continue.
8 Sep 2018 - 07:27 - Manila, Philippines - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a $375 Million USD loan agreement with India to expand irrigation networks and system efficiency in the country's central state of Madhya Pradesh.
8 Sep 2018 - 07:46 - NEW DELHI, India - OOSKAnews Correspondent
India's Water Resources Minister signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) August 28 with Chief Ministers of 6 Indian states for construction of the Lakhwar multi-purpose project in the Upper Yamu
31 Aug 2018 - 08:18 - PARIS, France - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Paris’ new “uritrottoirs” have come under further attack in recent weeks with protestors vandalizing the street urinals and feminists labelling them sexist and discriminatory.
The bright red eco-friendly urinals have been placed prominently across the city center to reduce the incidence of public urination on the streets prompting mixed reaction from Parisians.
Feminists have said that extra public urinals for men are sexist and unnecessary and send a message that while a man may relieve himself, there is an implication that men can freely expose themselves in public.
31 Aug 2018 - 08:33 - NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The collapse of a dam spillway in Central Myanmar has left four people dead and three missing, a government official confirmed August 31, the first casualties reported two days after a portion of t
31 Aug 2018 - 07:31 - SANTIAGO, Chile - OOSKAnews Info
Chilean water authorities announced August 23 that the government is preparing new restrictions on the extraction of water from the lithium-rich Salar de Atacama salt flats.
31 Aug 2018 - 07:55 - GENEVA, Switzerland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Nearly a quarter of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Asia and a fifth of the GDP in Africa lies within watersheds with high to very high water risk according to a new WWF Report.
"Valuing Rivers - How The Diverse Benefits Of Healthy Rivers Underpin Economies", using a measurement of water risk that incorporates a range of values supported by rivers, finds that overall, 19 per cent of global GDP currently comes from watersheds with high to very high water risk.
31 Aug 2018 - 07:34 - BEIJING, China - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Chinese authorities announced August 29 that its efforts to create a national database for water networks has been completed.
31 Aug 2018 - 07:38 - DAKAR, Senegal - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The health ministers of 47 African countries adopted August 28 the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Framework for the Implementation of the Global Strategy for Cholera Prevention and Cont
31 Aug 2018 - 06:53 - JOHANNESBURG - Local Press Report
Johannesburg Water has placed water tankers at strategic locations across the city to assist residents after a power outage caused by a fire at the Eikenhoff pump station resulted in large parts of
31 Aug 2018 - 06:55 - TEL AVIV - Local Press Report
The Government of Israel says it stands ready to help every person in the Pacific have access to safe drinking water.
31 Aug 2018 - 06:57 - KARACHI - Local Press Report
More than 40% of the areas in Karachi are without water for the past 15 days.