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UN-Water Releases World Water Day 2014 Advocacy Guide [viewed]

un-water23 January 2014: UN-Water has released the World Water Day 2014 Advocacy Guide, which aims to communicate information about water and energy, and encourage advocacy and action for improved coordination of water and energy management and governance.

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UN Study Reviews Options for Water in SDGs [viewed]

catalyzing-water27 November 2013: The UN University's Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH), the UN Office of Sustainable Development (UNOSD) and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) have assessed options for incorporating water issues in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The study calls for trebling water investments and directing funds to the local level where implementation occurs. 

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UNU-EHS Report Illustrates Loss and Damage in Four Countries [viewed]

UNU-EHS11 November 2013: Despite on-going adaptation efforts, vulnerable communities are experiencing climate-induced loss and damage that threatens their food security and livelihoods and forces them deeper into poverty, according to a report by the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). ‘Pushed to the Limit: Evidence of climate change-related loss and damage when people face constraints and limits to adaptation' presents case studies from Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Nepal that analyze the impacts of droughts and floods on households, primarily small-scale farmers.

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Event: 2014 UN-Water International Zaragoza Conference [viewed]

The 2014 UN-Water Annual International Zaragoza Conference will be organized around the theme ‘Preparing for World Water Day 2014,' and aims to contribute to two World Water Day objectives: demonstrating the economic and social impacts of integrated approaches to water and energy; and identifying and engaging water-energy stakeholders in developing water-energy linkages. The conference will analyze and evaluate existing UN agency partnerships and discuss the way forward for achieving water and energy security through partnerships. The conference includes: a keynote address on partnership implementation; sector-specific sessions with case studies, including ones on the World Bank, the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Water Mandate, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and UN University (UNU). The conference is expected to develop a series of case studies, information briefs and other material for World Water Day 2014 and identify lessons learned and the way forward, among other outcomes.  

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UNU-IAS Report Highlights Urban Climate Co-Benefits [viewed]

Unuiaslogo18 November 2013: The UN University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) has launched a policy report, titled ‘Urban Development and Climate Co-Benefits: Aligning Climate, Environmental and Other Development Goals in Cities.' The report examines challenges and opportunities in implementing urban climate co-benefit approaches, with a particular focus on developing country cities and sub-national processes in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Japan.

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UNEP, UNU Launch Water Quality Guidelines for Ecosystems Project [viewed]

unep-unu10 October 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and the Global Water Systems Project (GWSP), have launched the International Water Quality Guidelines for Ecosystems (IWQGES) project.

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IPBES Releases Results of Expert Workshop on Indigenous and Local Knowledge [viewed]

ipbes24 September 2013: The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has released a report based on the results of the International Expert and Stakeholder Workshop on the Contribution of Indigenous and Local Knowledge Systems to IPBES: Building Synergies with Science.

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UNU-INWEH Study Identifies Gaps in Wastewater Data, Treatment and Reuse [viewed]

unu-inweh5 September 2013: A study by the UN University's Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) finds a lack of data on wastewater generation, treatment and use around the world. The study, titled 'Global, regional and country level need for data on wastewater generation, treatment and use,' predicts wastewater use will increase worldwide in response to growing water scarcity and provides recommendations for ensuring safe wastewater management.

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ELD Report Examines Risk to Industry of Land Degradation [viewed]

eldSeptember 2013: The Economics of Land Degradation Initiative (ELD) has published a review of how the private sector interacts with land degradation, by assessing risks and opportunities across seven industrial sectors: resources; food and beverage; construction; industrial goods; household goods; utilities; and travel.

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UNU-EHS Report Analyzes Climate-Water-Security Nexus [viewed]

UNU-EHS2 September 2013: The UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) released a report, titled ‘Climate Change, Water Conflicts and Human Security: Regional Assessment and Policy Guidelines for the Mediterranean, Middle East and Sahel,' which examines whether climate change undermines human security by intensifying water hazards, such as droughts, floods and water scarcity. The report also assesses vulnerability in relation to climate change-related hazards.

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