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International Water Law and Transboundary Water Cooperation

18 May 2023

Federico Properzi UN Water

Tobias Schmitz: At the last UN Water Conference in Mar del Plata in 1977, member states prepared nationalplans in advance and ultimately met for a period of two weeks. In the 2...

8 May 2023

Water Harvesting half moon project

On the 5th of May, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) signed an agreement designed to strengthen cooperation around various aspects ...

8 May 2023

Lesha Witmer

Tobias Schmitz: Looking back at the UN 2023 Water Conference, we had a 3-day window to catch up on the last 46 years since the last official UN water conference in Mar del Plat...

24 May 2023

Leaders of the Women in Water Diplomacy Network

In April, the Women in Water Diplomacy Network (WWDN) published its 2023 After Action Report which reviews the activities of both its Water Diplomacy Symposium as well as the netwo...

3 Jun 2023

The United Nations Water Conference: a perspective from Action Against Hunger

Introduction The March 2023 Water Conference brought together 170 Member States under the aegis of the United Nations, around various ‘hot’ topics, such as the global governance...

Water in Armed Conflict and other situations of violence

22 May 2023

IADB publishes cybersecurity study on water infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean

Source of Innovation, a partnership promoted and co-financed by the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB), has carried out a study on cybersecurity trends in the water and sanitatio...

9 May 2023

Death toll from floods in DRC and Rwanda mounts

Floods in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo have killed at least 400 people according to the governor of the South Kivu region where the floods occurred. Heavy r...

5 Jun 2023

Somalia floods follow years of drought

Following heavy rains and flooding in March this year, central Somalia again experienced heavy rains in mid-May, killing 22 people and affecting an estimated 450 000 people, of who...

Knowledge Based, Data-Driven Decision Making

18 May 2023

66% likelihood of temperatures reaching 1.5⁰C above normal in the next five years

On the 16th of May, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) announced that there is a 66% likelihood that the average global temperature between 2023 and 2027 will be more than...

22 May 2023

Majority of world’s lakes experiencing decline in storage volumes

A research article on global hydrology published in Science on the 18th of May shows that more than half of the large freshwater lakes across the world experienced a decline in sto...

19 May 2023

UN Water’s 2023 Data Drive:

On the 2nd of May, UN Water launched the third round of global data compilation for sustainable development goal 6 (SDG 6) on water to integrate and mainstream the evidence base fo...

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Finance for water cooperation

25 May 2023

Ecuador completes world’s largest debt for nature swap.

The government of Ecuador has completed the world’s largest debt for nature swap with the support of the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) and the U.S. Development Finance Corpo...

25 May 2023

AfDB and UK sign U.S. 2 billion agreement for climate projects in Africa

On the 25th of May the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United Kingdom (U.K.) signed an agreement to fund up to U.S. $ 2 billion in climate projects in Africa. The agreement...

21 Mar 2023

Global Commission

In its March 2023 publication, the Global Commission on the Economics of Water calls for a transformation of the economics and governance of water. Starting from the premise that w...

National and Local News

26 Apr 2023

Spanish drought

The Spanish Meteorological Agency AEMET forecast a heatwave towards the end of April, with temperatures reaching 36-38⁰C. In some areas, the temperature was 10-15⁰C above average f...

2 Jun 2023

European Commission takes Italy to court over lack of urban wastewater treatment

On the 1st of June, the European Commission decided to refer Italy to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for breaching its obligations under the wastewater treatment directive. Th...

2 Jun 2023

Tanzania doubles budget for rural water supply

The government of Tanzania has more than doubled its budget allocation to the Rural Water and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA) in Geita district. RUWASA district manager Sande Batakanwa ...