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Africa Human Development Report 2012. Towards a Food Secure Future
  • Africa Human Development Report 2012. Towards a Food Secure Future
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Africa (RBA). May 2012
  • The 2012 Human Development Report for Africa explores why hunger remains pervasive in the region, despite abundant agricultural resources, a favourable growing climate, and rapid economic growth rates. The water issue is addressed all along the report. Water management and irrigation are analysed in Chapter 2 while Chapter 3 addresses persistent challenges and emerging threats to food security, including soil and water-related environmental challenges.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Equity, Food security, Gender, Health, Irrigation, Livelihoods, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Poverty, Vulnerable groups, Water management

GLAAS report 2012. UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water
  • GLAAS report 2012. UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water
  • World Health Organization (WHO). April 2012
  • The objective of the UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) is to monitor the inputs required to extend and sustain water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) systems and services. This includes the components of the "enabling environment": documenting government policy and institutional frameworks; the volume, sources and targeting of investment; the sufficiency of human resources; priorities and gaps with respect to external assistance; and the influence of these factors on performance. A secondary goal is to analyse the ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Development cooperation, Drinking water, Equity, Financing, Gender, Health, Human resources, Human right to water and sanitation, Human rights, Hygiene, Livelihoods, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Sanitation, Utility services, Water governance, Water policy, Water services, Water supply

On the right track. Good practices in realising the rights to water and sanitation
  • On the right track. Good practices in realising the rights to water and sanitation
  • UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation. March 2012
  • This compendium of good practices on the human right to water and sanitation provides discussion and analysis of existing practices, with the aim of inspiring policy and decision-makers, practitioners, activists and civil society in general to engage with the rights to water and sanitation and to assist in the difficult but crucial process of ensuring that everyone has access to safe drinking water and sanitation services for all basic daily personal and domestic purposes. Practices have been organised into four main types, and the chapters are named accordin...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Emergency situations, Environment, Equity, Financing, Gender, Human right to water and sanitation, Human rights, Hygiene, Legal aspects, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Monitoring, Negotiation, Participation, Rural areas, Sanitation, Urban areas, Water governance, Water quality, Water supply

Water and Food Security Reader
  • Water and Food Security Reader
  • UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC). March 2012
  • Produced by the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC), this reader is intended for all those interested in getting familiar with issues related to water and food security. The reader provides basic references for easy reading and some of the latest and most relevant United Nations publications on the issue. Links are provided when the publication is available online.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Climate change, Ecosystems, Food security, Gender, Human rights, Land degradation, Poverty, Water management, Water quality, Water scarcity

United Nations World Water Development Report 4. Volume 2: Knowledge Base
  • United Nations World Water Development Report 4. Volume 2: Knowledge Base
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), UN-Water. March 2012
  • The World Water Development Report gives an overall picture of the state of the world's freshwater resources and analyses pressures from decisions that drive demand for water and affect its availability. It offers tools and response options to help leaders in government, the private sector and civil society address current and future challenges and suggests ways in which institutions can be reformed. This 4th edition introduces a new thematic approach (Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk), and directly reports from the regions, highlighting hotspots. It...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Arab countries, Asia, Europe, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean, Northern America, Pacific Islands
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Capacity building, Desertification, Disaster prevention, Disasters, Drought, Drylands, Ecosystems, Energy, Environment, Financing, Gender, Groundwater, Health, Industry, Investments, Risk management, State of water resources, Urban areas, Valuation, Water allocation, Water availability, Water governance, Water management, Water quality, Water scarcity

United Nations World Water Development Report 4. Volume 1: Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk
  • United Nations World Water Development Report 4. Volume 1: Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), UN-Water. March 2012
  • The World Water Development Report gives an overall picture of the state of the world's freshwater resources and analyses pressures from decisions that drive demand for water and affect its availability. It offers tools and response options to help leaders in government, the private sector and civil society address current and future challenges and suggests ways in which institutions can be reformed. This 4th edition introduces a new thematic approach (Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk), and directly reports from the regions, highlighting hotspots. It...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Arab countries, Asia, Europe, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean, Northern America, Pacific Islands
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Ecosystems, Energy, Environment, Financing, Gender, Health, Industry, Information and data, Investments, Poverty reduction, Risk management, State of water resources, Valuation, Water demand, Water governance, Water management, Water quality, Water scarcity

Integrated Water Resources Management Planning Approach for Small Island Developing States
  • Integrated Water Resources Management Planning Approach for Small Island Developing States
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). February 2012
  • This Resource Book provides a suite of case studies of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approaches in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) around the world, and based on those experiences, describes a practical and logical framework of activities for the planning, development and implementation of integrated water resources management/integrated water development plans at the national level, at the level of watersheds and at the level of villages and communities. There are three issues that are core to these Guidelines: Stakeholder Participation;...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Oceania
  • Main themes: Communication, Gender, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Islands, Participation, Scenarios, Water management

Women at the frontline of climate change. Gender risks and hopes
  • Women at the frontline of climate change. Gender risks and hopes
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). December 2011
  • This publication presents an overview of central issues relevant to opportunities for adaptation - and also the risks that women are exposed to with climate change in mountain regions. Adaptation strategies as well as climate change impacts on the environment and water resources are especially analyzed.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia, Global
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Climate change, Drought, Floods, Gender, Mountains, Vulnerability, Water scarcity

Drinking Water. Equity, safety and sustainability. JMP thematic report
  • Drinking Water. Equity, safety and sustainability. JMP thematic report
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP), World Health Organization (WHO). December 2011
  • This report illustrates in detail how people access drinking water and what changes have occurred since 1990. The report includes multiple disaggregation of water service levels and analyses of trends across countries and regions. It focuses on the three key challenges of equity, safety and sustainability. Disparities in terms of geography, wealth and gender are explored, which highlight the need to target water service delivery towards specific populations. Water safety concerns are highlighted and the scope of household water treatment is investigated. The ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Global
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Gender, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Monitoring, Pollution, Rural areas, Urban areas, Water services, Water supply

Deep Words, Shallow Words: An Initial Analysis of Water Discourse in Four Decades of United Nations Declarations
  • Deep Words, Shallow Words: An Initial Analysis of Water Discourse in Four Decades of United Nations Declarations
  • United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). November 2011
  • In the lead-up to the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (CSD) to be held in June 2012, this paper presents a comparative analysis of how issues related to water have been represented in significant UN Declarations related to water and environment over the past forty years. The aim is to analyze the discourse of water by assessing instances in which certain keywords attain more or less depth of meaning and to examine how this is achieved. To make this comparison, the paper undertakes both a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Climate change, Desertification, Food security, Gender, Health, Legal aspects, Perceptions, Poverty, Sanitation, Technology, Water governance, Water quality, Water scarcity, Water security

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