Research studies of river hydrology and hydrodynamics can now be enhanced by new hydrography data developed by scientists at the University of Tokyo and released earlier this month.
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Describing the linkage between water challenges and climate change, a new UN Water Policy Brief calls for increased investment in improved hydrological data, institutions and governance, education and capacity development, risk assessment and knowledge sharing.
The Horn of Africa is once again in a drought that appears to be a new norm in the region, with more than 15 million people in need of urgent assistance in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. The region, which hasn’t fully recovered from a drought in 2017, is once again facing a humanitarian crisis.
Twenty-two scientists from Europe, the United States and Africa are calling on governments support the notion of the United Nations' International Law Commission to protect the environment in armed conflict. This would make wanton destruction of megafauna a war crime.
Variable climate conditions and persistent conflicts contine to cause high levels of food insecurity in 41 countries, with 31 of these in Africa, UNFAO has reported.
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has issued a $35 Million USD grant for water management and agriculture projects in the Indus River Basin in Pakistan.
The battle against cholera in Yemen is far from over, the Save the Children charity has warned: the first six months of 2019 have already seen more suspected cases than the whole of 2018, including 203,000 children under 15. At least 193 children have died of cholera related illnesses in the country in 2019.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has committed new $24.7 Million USD investment to the South Sudan Strategic Water Supply and Sanitation Improvement Project.
The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights has launched a new report that assesses the impact of climate change on those living in poverty.
The June 25 report points out that climate change will affect people in poverty disproportionately and will “undo the last 50 years of progress in development, global health, and poverty reduction. It could push more than 120 million more people into poverty by 2030 and will have the most severe impact in poor countries, regions, and the places poor people live and work.”
“We are all Water Diplomats”
Turk urges coordinated “hydrodiplomacy” including a UN Water Conference next decade, which would be the organisation's first since 1977’s event in Mar Del Plata, Argentina.
Turk is a professor of international law and human rights expert who, prior to his Presidency of Slovenia, was the first Slovene ambassador to the United Nations, from 1992 to 2000, and UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs from 2000 to 2005.
Following up on the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace (GHLPWP) Report “A Matter of Survival”, The Water Diplomat caught up with François Munger, Director of the Geneva Water Hub, which acts as Secretariat to the Panel.
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