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14 Jul 2010 ASTANA, Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan and China developed an agreement on protection of water quality of trans-boundary rivers during an intergovernmental meeting in Beijing, Kazakh Minister of Environmental Protection Nurgali Ashimov told Kazakhstan's Parliament in late June. The two sides will meet again at the end of August to discuss the draft, he said...
21 Apr 2014 HARARE
Government has established a committee to work towards improvement of water supply and disposal of waste water in urban areas to reduce disease outbreaks, President Mugabe has said. Addressing thousands of people at the main Independence Day celebrations at the National Sports Stadium in Harare on Friday, President Mugabe said Government was working with its development partners on this because water and sanitation were critical sectors...
21 Apr 2014 CHAPOTEAU
For three years, the United Nations has refused to address whether its peacekeepers brought a deadly strain of cholera to Haiti, insisting instead that it was more important to help the country stanch the disease once and for all. But on that score, it is still very far behind. In some ways, Haiti is even less equipped to tackle cholera than it was three years ago...
22 Apr 2014 PUEBLA, Mexico
The town council for the city of Puebla, the capital of Mexico's Puebla state, has voted down an initiative that would have reversed privatization of water services in the city and return them to the municipality.The initiative was put forward by members of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), and was defeated by a vote of 18-7 after a “heated” discussion in an extraordinary session of the council, La Jornada reported last week...
22 Apr 2014 ASUNCION, Paraguay
Paraguay’s water and sanitation sectors require $1.7 billion USD in investment in order to meet the goals of rehabilitating Lake Ypacaraí, decreasing river contamination in the capital, Asuncion, and increasing water coverage rates to 75 percent and sanitation coverage to 50 percent, according to Finance Minister German Rojas...
22 Apr 2014 BAKU
The government and the World Bank (WB) have not yet completed the negotiations on additional funding for the Azerbaijan Water Users Associations Development Support Project (WUAP). According to the WB Baku office, the negotiations on the additional funding project started last week and have not been completed yet...
22 Apr 2014 MEIKHTILA
Some 900 Muslims from Meikhtila in central Burma who lost their homes in communal violence just over a year ago are now facing water shortages and sanitation-related diseases at the shelter where they reside. The 900, all Muslims from the town’s Chanaye Tharyar quarter, have been sheltering in a cramped 150ft x 500ft (1...
22 Apr 2014 HAVANA
The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) will grant close to $50 million in loans for water rehabilitation projects in Cuba over the next two years, official daily Granmareported. The announcement came after a meeting in Havana by OFID General Director Suleiman J. Al-Herbish with First Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel...
22 Apr 2014 LUSAKA
25 percent of all water investments -- or about 50 billion dollar -- is lost to corruption every year. The Summit “Accelerating towards a Water Secure World” will be held in Lusaka, Zambia on 29-30 April with the aim to encourage and stimulate dialogue on how corruption can be addressed in the water sector at a regional and national level...
22 Apr 2014 WASHINGTON, DC
The Inter-American Development (IDB) announced approval of a $20 million loan to Panama to finance a rural electrification program that will promote public and private investment to provide service for more than 10,000 rural households, located mostly in very poor remote areas. The project includes a system of subsidies for new investments that will motivate private enterprises to invest in rural electrification, through either grid extension or renewable energy projects in isolated areas...
22 Apr 2014 DHAKA, Bangladesh
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the political party in opposition to the current ruling Awami League, held a rally this week to protest the current government’s failure to reach a deal with India on equitable sharing of the Teesta River’s water.“Teesta waters are our right, because it’s an international river...
23 Apr 2014 SAN LUIS POTOSI, Mexico
A conflict over water in Mexico's San Luis Potosi state, in which residents tried to block seizure of a dam, has led to three deaths.The events occurred in the municipality of Zaragoza, when residents of the community of Coahuila tried to block members of the López clan from taking control of a newly constructed dam...