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Event: LatinoSan 2013 [viewed]

The third LatinoSan is organized by the Panamanian Government with support from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, the Swiss Cooperation and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID). It will examine the current state and future prospects for sanitation in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), focusing on emerging challenges and opportunities, and consider the creation of a mechanism to follow-up the commitments made at LatinoSan 2007 and 2010 conferences. On this last point, conference organizers hope to win endorsement in a Declaration of Panama for the idea of creating a Pro-tempore Regional Secretariat for Sanitation.  

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WHO Releases Water Quality and Health Strategy for 2013-2020 [viewed]

WHOApril 2013: The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a strategy for the prevention of waterborne diseases that will serve as framework for action by the WHO Secretariat for the period 2013-2020.

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WHO Releases Water Safety Plan Quality Assurance Tool [viewed]

WHOApril 2013: The World Health Organization (WHO) has made available a Quality Assurance Tool for the assessment of Water Safety Plans (WSPs) to support the development, implementation and assessment of WSPs by highlighting areas of progress and opportunities for improvement.

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Serbia Accedes to UNECE-WHO Protocol on Water and Health [viewed]

serbian-flag24 April 2013: Serbia has acceded to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)-World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe) Protocol on Water and Health to the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (UNECE Water Convention).

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Event: WHO-UNICEF Workshop on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage [viewed]

Hosted by the Government of Ghana with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), this workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss national policies, strategies and targets around household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS), share lessons learned in HWTS implementation, and explore synergies and approaches to integrate HWTS within broader public health efforts. Workshop participants will include representatives from Gambia, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, as well as other key stakeholders from international and local organizations, academia and the private sector.  

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UNICEF, WHO Launch Plan to Tackle Sanitation and Health [viewed]

Unicef WHO12 April 2013: The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a global plan to combat diarrhoea and pneumonia, which are among the leading killers of children under five years old.

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WHO Project Addresses WASH in Mauritania [viewed]

WHOMarch 2013: The World Health Organization (WHO) has worked with the Government of Mauritania to improve the quality of drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in schools, decentralize water quality control management and manage medical waste in Assaba, Brakna and Traarza, three southern provinces that are among the areas most vulnerable to climate change.

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Event: CBD Workshop on the Inter-Linkages between Human Health and Biodiversity in Africa [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the WHO regional office for Africa, this regional capacity-building workshop will provide a forum for parties and experts from the health and biodiversity sectors to: discuss the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, in particular as it relates to health issues; discuss regional best practices in terms of incorporating biodiversity and health considerations in national and regional biodiversity conservation programmes; strengthen capacity and identify further capacity needs for the implementation of the Strategic Plan; identify possible joint activities to achieve health and biodiversity co-benefits for consideration in national biodiversity strategies and action plans; and promote trans-boundary/regional cooperation and support networks on health and biodiversity issues and strategies.  

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WHO, IWA Release WSP Training Package [viewed]

20 December 2012: The World Health Organization (WHO) and International Water Association (IWA) have issued a training programme on Water Safety Plans (WSPs) designed for use by all professionals managing drinking-water safety.

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WHO, UNICEF Hold Second Consultation on Post-2015 WASH Goals [viewed]

5 December 2012: The Second UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply and Sanitation (WASH) Consultation on post-2015 WASH goals and targets builds on the consultation launched by the JMP in May 2011, to review the current state of drinking water and sanitation monitoring, identify strengths and weaknesses of the current Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets, and develop a roadmap for the development of functional WASH indicators by 2015.

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