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The Road to New York

11 Jan 2023

Pamir Glaciers

On the 14th of December 2022, the UN General Assembly unanimously supported an initiative by the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, H.E. Emomali Rahmon, and adopted a resolut...

11 Jan 2023

WHO & UN Water’s 2022 GLAAS Report: accelerated action needed on water, sanitation and hygiene

The 2022 UN Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking Water (GLAAS) report released on the 14th of December highlights the need for accelerated action to achi...

11 Jan 2023

Rome Water Dialogue contributes to preparations for UN Water Conference

The Rome Water Dialogue was organised on 29 November 2022 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in the run-up to the UN Water Conference in March 20...

11 Dec 2022

Water as a resilience multiplier: applying the water tracker in national climate plans

The changing climate multiplies threats to our ecosystems, economies, and livelihoods. Let’s think about water as the resilience multiplier. As countries make much-needed progr...

30 Nov 2022

WMO report

On the 29th of November, the World Meteorological Organisation released its first report on the state of global water resources, with a particular emphasis on the relationships bet...

12 Jan 2023

Groundwater Summit Launches the Coalition for Transboundary Cooperation

On 7 and 8 December 2022, the Groundwater Summit took place at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. This summit was the culmination of a year-long campaign implemented by the UN-Water Tas...

International Water Law and Transboundary Water Cooperation

23 Jan 2023

Lesotho Highlands Water Project Phase II to boost water supply to South Africa

With the awarding of major contracts, Lesotho and South Africa are satisfied that phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) is now underway. The LHWP is a multi-phase ...

12 Jan 2023

COP 15 results in new Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework

The United Nations Conference on Biodiversity (COP 15) was held from 7 to 19 December 2022 in Montreal, Canada, to set new targets for nature for the decade 2020-2030 (the conferen...

12 Jan 2023

The 7th meeting of the Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Interface took place in Geneva on 12-13 December 2022. The objective of the meeting was to discuss, plan and p...

Water in Armed Conflict and other situations of violence

24 Jan 2023

The Disruptive Power of Open-Source Water Data: The Case of the Euphrates-Tigris Basin

Contradictory Data on Surface Water Flows The politics of water in the Euphrates-Tigris Basin has been marked by different periods of cooperation, confrontation, and compromise ...

26 Jan 2023

World Food Programme 22 million people food insecure in the Horn of Africa

The World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa is worsening after five consecutive below average rains. Combined with insecurity and e...

11 Jan 2023

Ethiopia's conflict undermines water and sanitation services for millions

CONFLICT in northern Ethiopia's Tigray, Afar and Amhara regions have resulted in millions of people- - men, women and children - internally displaced. According to theUNICEF report...

Knowledge Based, Data-Driven Decision Making

12 Jan 2023

Image of aquifer recharge

A paper published in Geophysical Research Letters on the 29th of November has shown that global groundwater recharge rates are much higher than previously thought. Groundwater is a...

11 Jan 2023

WHO & UN Water’s 2022 GLAAS Report: accelerated action needed on water, sanitation and hygiene

The 2022 UN Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking Water (GLAAS) report released on the 14th of December highlights the need for accelerated action to achi...

12 Jan 2023

Post flood situation in Pakistan still critical

The situation in Pakistan continues to be critical. As a reminder, this year's monsoon rains have dumped five times the average amount of water seen in the past 30 years in some pr...

10 Nov 2022

Water drop

A new report presented at COP27’s water pavilion on the 9th of November sheds light on the fundamental role of water in climate mitigation. The report , entitled “The essential dro...

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Finance for water cooperation

28 Jan 2023

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On the 23rd of January Xylem Inc., a water technology company, together with Evoqua Technologies Corporation, a company specialising in advanced water treatment technology, announc...

12 Jan 2023

Source: UN News

A record $51.5 billion is needed to help 230 million of the worlds most vulnerable people in 69 countries this year, an increase of 65 million people compared to previous year. Thi...

12 Jan 2023

Overview of Multilateral Investments in the Water Sector

The month of December 2022 was punctuated by several announcements of investments or loans by multilateral development banks, in the water sector, in different parts of the world. ...

4 Dec 2022

African Development Fund approves $ 13.95 million for Borana Resilient Water Development Project

The African Development Fund - the concessional window of the African Development Bank – has approved a US $ 13.95 million grant to the government of Ethiopia for the Borana Resili...

National and Local News

12 Jan 2023

Drought triggers Emergency Water Sharing Measures between Mexico and the United States

For the first time since the signing of the 1944 treaty sharing the use of the Colorado River between Mexico and the United States, the International Boundary and Water Commission ...

12 Jan 2023

Acute lack of water in Kenya affects number of children attending school

The number of children threatened by hunger, lack of water and disease in the Horn of Africa has doubled to 20.2 million since July 2022. The number of people suffering from acute ...

12 Jan 2023

Floods in Sudan destroy infrastructure and lead to internal displacements

AT least 24,860 homes have been destroyed and 48,250 homes damaged by floods in 16 of the 18 states of Sudan this year, according to the Sudan Situation Report by the Office for th...

9 Dec 2022

Wyangala dam

South-eastern Australia has continued to witness heavy rain and flooding during November, following heavy rains during the month of October, which were the heaviest on record in th...

23 Nov 2022

Drought in Spain

Barcelona and large parts of north-eastern Spain will undergo water restrictions as the drought which started this summer persists through November. Patricia Plaja, the spokesperso...