At October's Budapest Water Summit, the Global High Level Panel on Water and Peace (GHLPWP) gathered two years after the publication of its milestone report "A Matter of Survival" formally launched in Geneva and presented in New York at the UN General Assembly in September 2017. The event was facilitated by the Geneva Water Hub acting as the Secretariat of the Panel. Public and private side events were held.
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India Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been criticised by the Pakistan government after he promised supporters that river waters that currently flow into Pakistan per terms of the 1960 Indus Water Treaty would be diverted to Indian farms and households in the region, claiming that despite the terms of the agreement, the water “belongs” to farmers of Haryana and Rajasthan.
The third Budapest Water Summit concluded 17 October with the presentation of an outcome document, "The Budapest Appeal".
The purpose of the document is to collate views from the political and technical communities in order to raise the profile of water, especially with a view to increasing political will to address water challenges and water security.
The BWS 2019 Budapest Appeal addresses “What We Need To Do” and “How We Can Do It.”
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to press for an external mediator in its ongoing dispute with Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) when he meets Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Russia this week. The World Bank has been suggested as a mediating entity.
In Venezuela, a crumbling economy and the collapse of even basic state infrastructure means water comes irregularly — and drinking it is an increasingly risky gamble. Venezuela’s current rate of infant mortality from diarrhea, which is closely related to water quality, is six times higher than 15 years ago, according to the World Health Organization.
A new online course in International Water Law and Transboundary Aquifers has been developed by the Geneva Water Hub and the Platform for International Water Law of the University of Geneva, and will be available from 21 October to 22 December, 2019.
Education, entertainment and sheer incandescent fury co-exist side by side in this remarkable, genre-confounding new show by Egyptian-English theatremaker Sabrina Mahfouz.
Several hundred politicians, bankers, businessmen, investors and scientists gathered in Budapest, Hungary, this week to discuss challenges of emerging water crises – issues concerning abundant, scarce and polluted waters – and their social, economic, environmental and political consequences.
The 2019 Budapest Water Summit, the city’s third, convened 15-17 October under the auspices of Hungary’s President Janos Adler, with the theme “Preventing Water Crises”, took place halfway between the 2018 Brasilia and the 2021 Dakar World Water Fora and aimed to build on and contribute further to work conducted by the United Nations, the European Union, the World Water Council, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Bank Group and other organizations.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Summit, Adler said that “the drama of scarce water, too much water and polluted water is unfolding before our eyes", adding that this was “the drama of humanity and the logical consequence of our irresponsibility".
The fishing industry of South Korea has& brought its concerns over the release of the contaminated water at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea to the London Convention and Protocol meeting. The London Convention, to which 87 States are Parties, monitors pollution of the seas and oceans and covers the deliberate disposal of wastes and other matter into the world's waters. South Korea has said that the release of the Fukushima water into the ocean would have a direct influence on the marine life and ecosystem in its territorial waters and eventually the people in Korea.
Researchers from Stanford University have developed a new interactive map measuring nature’s contributions to human well-being suggests that as many as five billion people, particularly in Africa and South Asia, are likely to face food shortages and lack of clean water in coming decades as a result of “shrinkage” in nature.
Iran and the Netherlands are considering greater cooperation between the two countries in the water and power sectors.
A new report on challenges that global cities will face by 2050, when 66 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas, emphasises that urban areas will face the most serious risks related to climate change: sea-level rise, floods, heat and water stress, and loss of biodiversity among other impacts.
The Horn of Africa is now experiencing the lowest cumulative rainfall totals since 1981. As a consequence nearly 13 million people, including 6.5 million children, are facing critical levels of hunger. Although the number of food insecure people is lower than in 2017, the situation is expected to deteriorate with anticipated continuation of the drought.
OFID (the OPEC Fund for International Development) and GWOPA (the Global Water Operators Partnerships Alliance) have entered, following a first collaboration for 10 African Water Operator Partnerships (WOP) in 2013-2015, in a new Agreement to help five water and sanitation utilities in Africa and Asia, to implement Short Term Action Plans and develop Medium Term Sustainability Improvement Plans
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria told the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York last month that the Lake Chad basin has shrunk significantly due to climate change, depriving many people of their livelihood in the region. Numerous Twitter users challenged the president’s statement by claiming research showed the lake was not shrinking.
A new report on water, sanitation and health (WASH) sector financing in UNICEF’s Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR) has identified massive funding gaps that will hinder achievement of WASH Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region.
A new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) underscores that urban wastewater treatment now must also address additional challenges brought on by climate changes, increasing populations and, importantly, new pollutants.
The brutal murder of a student in Bangladesh’s top university highlights the incendiary debate on water diplomacy with India, as well as the silencing of criticism of the government. Abrar Fahad was a second-year student of the Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), the country’s top university.
A bill seeking to declare water produced from seawater desalination plants a public good has begun to be read in Chile.
Ghana has called on West African countries to fully operationalise the ECOWAS Protocol of Transhumance, which is geared towards developing a more efficient pastoral industry to increase livestock productivity.
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