Freshwater

FAO, IFAD Highlight Water Infrastructure and Information Needs for Agricultural Productivity [viewed]

ifad_fao24 August 2015: UN agencies highlighted their work in improving water productivity for agricultural development at World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, including the improvement of water infrastructure for smallholders, and the use of satellite data in planning and management. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) launched an open-access data portal to help countries better analyze water productivity and plan agricultural development, while the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) drew attention to irrigation improvements.

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Stockholm World Water Week Focuses on Water for Development [viewed]

SIWI24 August 2015: World Water Week, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), marks its silver jubilee in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on water for development. SIWI notes that, although considerable progress has been made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the targets to achieve improved access to key basic services during the first 15 years of this century will not be fully reached. It adds that about one billion people worldwide still lack access to safe water, and a higher number lack access to basic sanitation.

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6th Regional 3R Forum Examines Economic Opportunities Offerred by 3Rs and Resource Efficiency [viewed]

3r-6regionalforum19 August 2015: The Sixth Regional 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) Forum in Asia and the Pacific discussed the linkages between waste management, tourism, water security and sustainable urban management in the region, as well as the economic and employment opportunities posed by 3Rs and resource efficiency.

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Event: 11th Annual High Level Forum: Connecting Water to Climate, Economic Growth and Development within the Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

As part of the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association's (CWWA's) 24th Annual Conference and Exhibition, the 11th High Level Forum (HLF) on Connecting Water to Climate, Economic Growth and Development within the Post-2015 Development Agenda will discuss and seek collaboration on water and climate matters to help shape the sustainable development agenda of the Caribbean. Co-organized by the CWWA and the Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C) in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Forum seeks to produce concrete outcomes and harmonized recommendations to guide national and regional efforts in operationalizing water, wastewater, and climate goals and targets for sustainable development. Some outcomes of the Forum should also feed into the contribution of the Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December. The Forum is expected to bring together Caribbean Ministers in charge of water resources and management from more than ten countries, and representatives from regional and international organizations.  

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Research Shows Wastewater Irrigation Is Safe and Economically Viable [viewed]

gpa13 August 2015: Using treated wastewater for irrigation can produce crops that are both economically viable and safe for human consumption, according to research conducted in Gerga, in the Sohag Governorate of Egypt.

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Symposium Highlights Resilience and Food Security Potential of Rainwater Harvesting [viewed]

rain_ifad_icraf17 July 2015: An international symposium of organizations involved in agriculture, land and water management called for scaling up rainwater harvesting practices, highlighting its benefits for food security and climate resilience.

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International Day Spotlights Indigenous Peoples' Health, Wellbeing [viewed]

international_day_worlds_indigenous-peoples10 August 2015: The UN marked the 2015 International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples with a call for improving access to healthcare services. It also launched a publication focusing on health-related needs for indigenous peoples in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The 2015 Day was organized on the theme, 'Post-2015 Agenda: Ensuring indigenous peoples' health and wellbeing.'

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Mekong Ministers Pledge EIA Use in Infrastructure Plans [viewed]

lower_mekong_initiative5 August 2015: Ministers from the five Lower Mekong countries – Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam – highlighted the importance of environmental impact assessments (EIA) in protecting infrastructure and promoting sustainability, at a meeting with US partners in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Event: Seventh International Conference on Agricultural Statistics (ICAS VII) [viewed]

The Seventh International Conference on Agricultural Statistics will take place under the theme 'Modernization of agricultural statistics in support of the Sustainable Development Agenda'. The conference, which will bring together economists, statisticians, researchers and analysts working on agricultural and rural statistics, is expected to discuss changing needs and opportunities for agricultural statistics, particularly in the context of the development of the indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The conference will include plenary sessions and parallel sessions on: poverty, rural development and the social dimension of agriculture; sustainable agricultural production and consumption; markets, prices and values chains for the agribusiness sector; natural resource use in agriculture (soil, water, fishery, forestry, biodiversity); climate change and environmental issues: the role of agriculture; and data sources, data collection, use of information technology tools and data quality; data analysis integration and modeling; and data dissemination and communication and the use of statistics for policy making and research. Interested participants should submit abstracts in response to the call for papers by 30 September 2015. The Italian National Institute of Statistics is organizing the conference in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).  

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2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Being Prepared for UNGA Consideration [viewed]

post20152 August 2015: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted at the conclusion of the post-2015 development agenda negotiations on 2 August 2015, contains five sections, including the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets proposed by the Open Working Group (OWG) in 2014, with several revisions for specificity and consistency with international ambition. The document for consideration by the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA) is expected to be finalized and made available ahead of the UN summit for the adoption of the agenda, which will take place from 25-27 September 2015.

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