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21 Nov 2021 NEW YORK NY, United States
On World Toilet Day 2021, the UN reflects on the value of a toilet and calls for significant investment across the entire "sanitation chain" in order to achieve SDG6 by 2030.
7 Jul 2021 New York, United States
Agency Director Henrietta Fore highlights work done to supply 106 million with WASH services across 153 countries during pandemic response. Stresses importance of innovation in bid to meet SDGs and draws attention to continued gender inequalities associated with water.
17 Mar 2021 New YORK NY, United States
Conflict reduces access to vital resources like water and electricity, and also drives hunger.
UN Secretary General briefs Security Council.
19 Oct 2020 NEW YORK NY, United States
On Global Handwashing Day, 15 October, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore introduced the new Hand Hygiene For All Initiative, saing that “hand hygiene is everyone’s business” and that it must become a priority as a vital first line of defense, especially against the COVID-19 virus.Through this initiative, WHO, UNICEF, and other partners are urging global leaders to ensure that handwashing is both possible and promoted in homes, schools, healthcare facilities, care homes, workplaces and in public areas...
1 Sep 2020 NEW YORK NY, United States
The Green Climate Fund, the government of Sudan, and the United Nations Development Programme have approved new funding for innovative climate resilience with a focus to promote agriculture, health and food and water security.The five-year project totalling approximately US$41.1 Million USD will introduce new climate-resilient farming practices and training as well as provide funding for rehabilitation of land for sustainable use, construct infrastructure for water storage, build wells and deliver equipment...
15 Mar 2020 New York, United States
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is not a water-borne disease but lack of access to clean water, sanitation and good hygiene can hamper containment efforts, as handwashing and handwashing with soap are key elements in prevention of the impact of respiratory and diarrheal diseases.Handwashing with soap, when done correctly, is critical in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), but millions of people have no ready access to a place to wash their hands, UNICEF said 13 March...
25 Sep 2019 NEW YORK NY, United States
The International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) issued a new report 19 September examining the current cost of climate change on humans, and projects what the cost will be at the end of the next decade, in the absence of implementing adaptation measures that would cope with extreme weather events.Already, over 2 million people per week need some form of humanitarian aid as a consequence of a climate emergency...
1 May 2019 NEW YORK NY, United States
After five years of conflict over 3.5 million people in eastern Ukraine are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance and protection, the United Nations Security Council was told last week. UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ursula Mueller, addressing the Security Council April 25 on the humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine, reporting that so far in 2019, 24 incidents have affected water and sanitation facilities and 12 have directly affected schools...
24 Feb 2019 New York, United States
New UNEP Chief Has Strong Water Background; Replaces Predecessor Who Resigned Over Dodgy Expenses Claims
The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has confirmed Inger Andersen of Denmark February 21 to a four-year term as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), following her nomination by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. Andersen has served as Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature since 2015,The new program head has 30 years of experience in international development economics, environmental sustainability and policy-making, as well as in designing and implementing projects and generating on-the-ground impact from working with a small Non-Governmental Organization in Sudan to multilateral and international settings with a constant focus on poverty eradication...
20 Feb 2019 NEW YORK NY, United States
A new $180 Million USD Global Environment Facility (GEF) program, supported by United Nations (UN) agencies is designed to cut harmful mercury emissions, associated with gold mining, to water and the environment, and improve conditions for artisanal miners across eight countries.The five-year program, launched February 18, is a partnership between GEF, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Conservation International (CI) and the governments of Burkina Faso, Colombia, Guyana, Indonesia, Kenya, Mongolia, the Philippines and Peru...
3 Jan 2019 Jerusalem, Israel
A funding proposal for the long-delayed multi-Billion USD project for a canal linking the Red Sea and Dead Sea is set to come to a vote in Israel’s Cabinet soon.Israel’s Hadashot TV news bulletin reported last week that progress between the governments of Jordan and Israel comes after recent secret talks in New York between regional cooperation and security officials from the two countries...
27 Nov 2018 NAIROBI, Kenya
The Executive Director of UN Environment (UNEP) has resigned after an audit of official travel by the UN’s Office of Internal Oversight Services criticized the agency for “a culture of scant regard for internal controls and existing rules” on the use of public funds. Tanzanian microbiologist and World Bank alumna Joyce Msuya last week assumed the role of acting head of UNEP...