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Urgent Need For Sanitation Provision For Displaced Somalis

Geneva, Switzerland

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has described an urgent need for sanitation provision and shelter for displaced people in Somalia which has been a conflict zone for almost three decades and has recently faced severe drought conditions.


Water Infrastructure Attacked In Turkey Invasion Of Syria


UNICEF reports that water supply to Al-Hasakeh, Syria, partially restarted 21 October after repairs to the electric power supply at the Allouk (Alok) water pumping station. The facility had been out of operation since airstrikes by Turkish military two weeks previously when Turkey launched a military incursion against Kurdish people in the north of the country.


Water Diplomacy Talks -- Monika Weber-Fahr, Global Water Partnership


Weber-Fahr and Duncan discuss the summit's theme "Preventing Water Crises" and GWP's recently launched strategy position paper "Mobilising for a Water Secure World", particularly water solutions relating to achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6; climate change resistant development; transboundary water cooperation.

GWP is a large, diverse, inclusive, multi-stakeholder partnership that supports communities and countries to improve the way they manage water. The organisation, with HQ in Stockholm, Sweden brings water users together to solve water problems. The partnership is a global action network with a chief focus to support social change processes that further the sustainable management and development of water resources. To do this, the network invites like-minded organisations to join its global movement. GWP partners with more than 3,000 organisations that share its aims and values in tackling the sustainable development, management, and use of water resources. A GWP Partner is defined as: “Any entity, except individuals, may become a Partner of the Network. Partners of the Network may include States, national, regional and local Government Institutions, Intergovernmental Organisations, international and national Non-governmental Organisations, Academic Institutions and Research Institutions, Companies, and service providers in the public sector.”


A powerpoint presentation of "Strategy: Mobilising for a Water Secure World" can be downloaded here.


Ecuador: "Fake News" Caused Water Panic Amid Civil Conflict Situation


Eleven days of pure tension – with no break. Thousands and thousands of people on the streets protesting against the government. Molotov cocktails flying around and policemen using tear gas to break up the crowds. Hundreds of false videos and manipulated photos circulating on Facebook and Twitter and dozens of misleading WhatsApp chains populating family and friends’ discussions.


Inter-basin Iran Water Transfer Controversy Continues


Despite the fact that inter-basin transfer of water to far-flung locations has long been seriously challenged in most countries, some policymakers in Iran persist in implementing the costly but hardly successful projects, the deputy agriculture minister for agronomy affairs said.


Bosnia Town Cuts Off Migrant Camp's Water Supply


Local authorities in the Bosnian town of Bihac on Monday cut off a nearby migrant camp’s water supply, to pressure the government into reducing the population of the overcrowded site that international organizations have criticized as unsuitable.


South Sudan: Humanitarian Crisis Exacerbated By Floods In Conflict-Troubled Nation


Unusually heavy seasonal flooding has affected large areas of South Sudan’s Greater Upper Nile region with estimated between 600,000-800,000 people affected, authorities said.


A Third Of Africans Will Suffer From Water Shortage By 2030


More than one-third of the population in Africa will greatly suffer from water shortage by 2030, said Chairperson of the International Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) Felix Reinders. This came in Reinders' speech at the second edition of the Cairo Water Week Forum (CWW) 2019, which kicked off on Sunday.


Global High Level Panel On Water And Peace Activities Reviewed


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.


Modi Threat To Divert Indus Waters "An Act Of Aggression"


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.


"Budapest Appeal" Addresses "Whats" And "Hows" Of Water Challenges, Water Security


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.”


Sisi Will Push For GERD External Mediator

CAIRO, Egypt

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.


The Collapse Of Venezuela's Water System: Report


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.


Distance Learning Course "International Water Law and the Law of Transboundary Aquifers"

GENEVA, Switzerland

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.


International Water Summit: "Preventing Water Crises"


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".


South Korea Raises Fukushima Water Release Concerns To London Convention

TOKYO, Japan

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.


Nature "Shrinkage" Will Hit Access To Clean Water For Billions

PALO ALTO CA, United States

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.


Cities Are Opportunities To Get Transformative Climate Adaptation Right


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.



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