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Message from UN-Water Chair on World Water Day

Message from UN-Water Chair on World Water Day

“On World Water Day, 22 March, we release the 2020 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report.

This year’s report focuses on climate change and water. UN-Water’s Members and Partners chose this topic for 2020 because, right now, we have an unprecedented opportunity to put water at the heart of climate change negotiations.”

View video message by Gilbert F. Houngbo, Chair of UN-Water and President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

Message from WMO Secretary-General on World Water Day

Message from WMO Secretary-General on World Water Day

“Climate change are very much impacting our ability access water for drinking purposes, food, health and energy production and wellbeing of humans being’s.”

Video message on the occasion of the World Water Day 2020 ‘Water and Climate Change’ by Petteri Taalas, Secretary General, World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

See the video message here.

COVID-19 and the human rights to water and sanitation

COVID-19 and the human rights to water and sanitation

Washing hands is the first line of defence to prevent the spread of COVID19. However, not all of us have an easy access to water and sanitation to wash our hands properly. 
Watch video with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation to learn more.

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Investing in water is investing in resilience

Investing in water is investing in resilience

Nature is resilient but only if and when we give it a chance. Creating resilience to climate change can be done through supporting the vital ecosystem services we rely on from nature, such as restoring forests to improve air quality, re-planting mangroves to buffer against severe storms and store carbon, and leaving watersheds intact for safe and clean water supply.

Read more here.

COVID-19 and adequate sanitation

COVID-19 and adequate sanitation

Many infectious diseases are easily transmitted when people have inadequate accesses to toilets, when faeces are insufficiently treated and disposed and when personal and domestic hygiene are lacking. 

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation explain why handwashing and adequate sanitation should go hand in hand in the global efforts against COVID19.

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Water for handwashing in slums is critical to prevent COVID-19 spreading

Water for handwashing in slums is critical to prevent COVID-19 spreading

Regular handwashing with soap and running water can be difficult to put into practice due to lack of water in slums. Water points, when available, are only in certain locations and are even harder to access when there are restrictions on movement to prevent or contain an outbreak of COVID-19.

There is a high risk that the impacts of COVID-19 on the urban poor living in slums will be considerably higher compared to other areas as maintaining social distancing is extremely difficult in overcrowded areas.

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A green wall to catch fresh water in Indonesia

A green wall to catch fresh water in Indonesia

In Gedepahala, West Java, Indonesia, water springs in the region have disappeared as forest cover in the upper streams has been lost. Since 2008, Conservation International has led a collaborative, community-based land management initiative to create a “green wall” of more than 100,000 newly-planted trees to restore the landscape and help recharge groundwater.

Read the full story here.

A bay in Jamaica comes back to life

A bay in Jamaica comes back to life

Until recently the idyllic landscape of Oracabessa Bay hid a brutal reality: coral reefs were dying and fish numbers were dropping. With support from the Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme and the United Nations Development Programme, the marine ecosystem is now being restored.

Read the full story here.