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Access To Clean Water For Hand-washing Is Crucial In Coronavirus Containment

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. In total, only 3 out of 5 people worldwide have basic handwashing facilities, according to the latest data.


Vietnam Drought: State Of Emergency Declared In Five Mekong Delta Provinces


The government of Vietnam declared a state of emergency last week in five Mekong Delta provinces in response to prolonged drought which has led to a build-up of salinity, threatening yields of rice and fruit in the region.


Climate Change: Indonesia Prez Announces New Capital City Location

Jakarta, Indonesia

The President of Indonesia confirmed this week that the country’s new capital will be located on high ground in East Kalimantan Province, Borneo. The current coastal capital, Jakarta (pop. 30 million) is unsustainable due to increasing flood risks attributable to sea-level rise and over-exploitation of aquifers, exacerbated by highly-polluted river systems.


Climate Change Finance Is Short-changing The World's Most Vulnerable

LONDON, United Kingdom

New analysis from NGO WaterAid reveals that only a very small proportion of climate finance (for both mitigaton and adaptation) reaches the most vulnerable countries or is spent addressing the most urgent issues putting billions of lives at risk of water-borne diseases due to lack of water service that is reliable and safe from contamination.

In “Short-changed on Climate Change: Money, Water and the People on the Frontline”, released 5 March, WaterAid draws on publicly available data on climate finance and examines the state of water access and climate vulnerability. The UK-based non-profit has called for a rapid ten-fold increase in funding to assist vulnerable countries to bolster water mitigation and adaption programs.


Holistic Approach Required To Secure Safe Water Supply In Himalayan Towns


A new study covering 13 towns across four countries in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region shows that Himalayan towns are facing increased water insecurity as a consequence of inadequate urban planning coupled with rapidly changing climate.


Earthquakes Vs Drinking Water: Silicon Valley's Dam Dispute

SAN JOSE CA, United States

A US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) order to drain the Anderson Reservoir, which supplies Silicon Valley in California with drinking water, has met negative reaction with multiple agencies laying blame for delays, and local concern about water supplies, particularly in this year's summer months. The Anderson Dam is considered vulnerable to seismic activity.

Environmental Impacts Of Ukraine War "Mapped"

KYIV, Ukraine

The Ukraine Ministry of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Organisation and Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have released a set of infographics mapping the dynamics and trends of environmental change since the 2014 onset of armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

Further OOSKAnews coverage of water in Ukraine (850 news articles)


"How Likely Warming Scenarios Indicate A Catastrophic Security Future"

WASHINGTON DC, United States

A new report from the National Security, Military and Intelligence Panel (NSMIP) of US Institute the Center for Climate and Security, warns of high-to-catastrophic security threats arising as a consequence of plausible climate change trajectories that have impact on water resources.


Water Scarcity Impact Of Internal Displacement In Iraq

GENEVA, Switzerand

New research from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) released 27 February has examined the impact of water scarcity as a contributing factor to internal displacement in southern Iraq.The report is based on quantitative and qualitative data collected between June and July 2019 and explores the effect of the slow-onset of environmental change in the Basra, Missan, and Thi-Qar governorates.


VIDEO: "Water Security For Peace And Development": Looking Forward To The 2021 World Water Forum In Dakar

Edinburgh, Scotland

The Ninth triennial World Water Forum will be held in Dakar, Senegal, in March 2021 with the theme “Water Security for Peace and Development”.


Loic Fauchon, President of the World Water Council. speaks with David Duncan, Publisher, OOSKAnews in this (LINK) video interview for “The Water Diplomat”.

Fauchon discusses:

  • The particular significance of the first World Water Forum to be held in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Four particular priorities to be addressed by the gathering – security of water and sanitation; cooperation; rural development; tools and means for implementation; and his hopes for progress and advancement in these areas.
  • The concept of “Water for Humanity; Water for Nature”, and the need for a new relationship between “urban” and rural” water considerations.
  • Whether, and how, parliamentarians and local authorities are ready and suited to progress water governance.
  • A new “Five Fingers Alliance” approach to the challenges of water access and sanitation – a “horizontal approach” to solving water challenges.
  • In 2020, as we look forward to COP26, integration of “water thinking” and “climate-change thinking”; what progress remains to be made?

Background: Further OOSKAnews Coverage of the Ninth World Water Forum


Water And Trump's Middle East Peace Plan

WASHINGTON DC, United States

United States President Donald Trump’s long-awaited “Peace Plan” for the Middle East, revealed 28 January, has come under fire for disregarding the political and economic needs of occupied Palestine and lack of recognition or acknowledgement of one of the most contentious issues that abounds throughout the region: allocation of water resources.


Indonesia: Eight Major Dams To Be Completed This Year


The Public Works and Housing Ministry will complete construction on eight major water dams in 2020 as part of the National Strategic Program. Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said in a press release on Thursday Indonesia's water supply is more than adequate at 2.7 trillion cubic meters per year.


Future Directions For The Blue Peace Process

LONDON, United Kingdom

Participants at an international conference to celebrate the “Blue Peace Decade”, held in London, United Kingdom 17-18 February, reflected on the evolution of Blue Peace in the last decade, and brainstormed about possible paths ahead. Speakers discussed “Evolution of Blue Peace: Global and Regional Progress”; “Importance of Data Exchange and Innovative Finance”; “Role of Media in Blue Peace” and “Future Directions”.


New European Financing For ASEAN Green Infrastructure Projects


The European Union has announced $55 Million USD in support for the Catalytic Green Finance Facility (ACGF) of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).


Africa: Bamako Convention To Control Hazardous Waste Strengthened

BRAZZAVILLE, Democratic Republic of Congo

Parties to the 1998 Bamako Convention has adopted a new set of decisions to strengthen the Convention at the third Conference of the Parties to the Covention (COP3). The original purposes of the Convention are:

  • To prohibit the import of all hazardous and radioactive wastes into the African continent for any reason;
  • To minimize and control transboundary movements of hazardous wastes within the African continent.
  • To prohibit all ocean and inland water dumping or incineration of hazardous wastes.
  • To ensure that disposal of wastes is conducted in an “environmentally sound manner".
  • To promote cleaner production over the pursuit of a permissible emissions approach based on assimilative capacity assumptions
  • To establish the precautionary principle.

Amnesty International Calls For Halt To Construction Of Lesotho Dam

MASERU, Lesotho

NGO Amnesty International has called for a halt to the construction of the Polihali Dam in Lesotho, at least until local communities in the Mokhotlong district have been properly consulted and compensated.


China Will Release Mekong Water To Support Drought-stricken Neighbors


China on Thursday said it was helping its downstream neighbors cope with a prolonged drought by releasing more water from its dams on the Mekong River, adding it would consider sharing information on hydrology to provide further assistance in the future.


Guterres Calls For Indus Waters To Be Used As A "Tool For Peace And Not War"


United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for the Indus River waters shared by Pakistan and India to be used as a “tool for peace and not war".


South Sudan: UN Intervention Addresses Increase In Water Demand


To counteract a particular result of the increase in population and water demand, the United Nations Misssion in South Sudan is currently undertaking a quick impact project in four villages on the outskirts of Mundri. Water holes in Bangolo, Kediba and Mbara will be either rehabilitated or drilled.



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