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United Nations World Water Development Report 2015. Water for a Sustainable World
  • United Nations World Water Development Report 2015. Water for a Sustainable World
  • United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP). March 2015
  • 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 2015th edition illustrates the complex linkages between water and critical areas such as human health, food and energy security, urbanization, industrial gr...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Agriculture, Climate change, Disasters, Economic impact, Ecosystems, Energy, Environment, Equity, Food security, Gender, Groundwater, Health, Hygiene, Industry, Information and data, Investments, Livelihoods, Post-2015 agenda, Poverty, Resilience, Sanitation, State of water resources, Sustainable development, Urban areas, Urbanization, Water availability, Water conservation , Water demand, Water efficiency, Water governance, Water management, Water scarcity, Water supply

Wetlands and Ecosystem Services
  • Wetlands and Ecosystem Services
  • Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). February 2015
  • These press briefs focus on the value of wetlands, as well as the role of wetlands in relation to: ecosystem services; meeting the challenges of the future; the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. After each briefs important links are provided.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Biodiversity, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Valuation, Wetlands

Wastewater Management. A UN-Water Analytical Brief
  • Wastewater Management. A UN-Water Analytical Brief
  • United Nations (UN). February 2015
  • This analytical brief highlights wastewater management as a critical step in improving global water quality and public health. It analyses the current situation on wastewater and wastewater management, the challenges of wastewater as a resource, wastewater management in the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the challenges for implementing effective wastewater management.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Financing, Health, Industry, Information and data, Post-2015 agenda, Urban areas, Wastewater, Water governance, Water management, Water quality, Water treatment

Investing to overcome the global impact of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)
  • Investing to overcome the global impact of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)
  • World Health Organization (WHO). February 2015
  • This report analyzes, for the first time, investments needed to scale up implementation required to achieve the targets of the World Health Organization (WHO) Roadmap on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and universal coverage against NTDs. The report outlines an investment strategy for NTDs and analyzes the specific investment case for prevention, control, elimination and eradication of 12 of the 17 NTDs following the adoption by the 66th World Health Assembly in 2013 of resolution WHA6612 on NTDs. The report consists of four main sections on: the Resoluti...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Disease, Drinking water, Equity, Financing, Health, Hygiene, Investments, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Post-2015 agenda, Poverty, Sanitation, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Water supply

Innovations for Water and Development
  • Innovations for Water and Development
  • UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education. February 2015
  • This booklet contains 50 innovative solutions in the field of water and development. The innovations were created with their global partnership network to develop, implement and validate novel solutions that ultimately aim to improve the quality of life on the planet. Innovations are often of a technological nature, but their adoption also has social, economic, environmental, governance, institutional and political dimensions. The research-based innovations originate from the six research themes of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Accounting, Aquaculture, Arid zones, Coastal zones, Desalination, Drought, Floods, Hygiene, Infrastructure, Irrigation, Monitoring, Sanitation, Sustainable development, Technology, Urban areas, Utility services, Water management, Water supply, Water treatment

Public Participation and Water Resources Management: Where Do We Stand in International Law?
  • Public Participation and Water Resources Management: Where Do We Stand in International Law?
  • UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP). January 2015
  • The present publication collects the proceedings of the Conference'Public Participation and Water Resources Management: Where Do We Stand in International Law?' organized by the Platform for International Water Law of the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva at the Palais des Nations on 13 December 2013. This Conference was organized in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) with the financial support of the Swiss Nations Fund for Scientific Research (SNF). The proceedings have been published by the UNESCO Internation...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Community participation, Conflicts, Energy, Human right to water and sanitation, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Participation, Public policy, River Basin Management, Transboundary waters, Water conservation , Water management

Economic Assessment of Sanitation Interventions in Southeast Asia. A Six-Country Study Conducted in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, the Philippines, Vietnam and Yunnan Province (China). The Economics of Sanitation Initiative

Report: Second Meeting of the WHO/UNICEF JMP Task Force on Monitoring Drinking-water Quality
  • Report: Second Meeting of the WHO/UNICEF JMP Task Force on Monitoring Drinking-water Quality
  • WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP). 2014
  • "In 2013, a Technical Task Force meeting of the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation was convened to consider how improved measures of water quality and water system safety could be used to improve water safety in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goal era. While the MDG to halve the number of people without access to safe water was achieved, questions remain regarding the quality of these new water sources. Due to technological limitations at the time of the formulation, the MDG target made use of a proxy indicator for w...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Capacity building, Drinking water, Information and data, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Monitoring, Post-2015 agenda, Sanitation, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Technology, Water management, Water quality, Water supply, Water treatment

Water in the post-2015 development agenda and sustainable development goals. Discussion paper
  • Water in the post-2015 development agenda and sustainable development goals. Discussion paper
  • UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP). 2014
  • The objective of this discussion paper was to provide background for discussions of the UNESCO-IHP Side-Event on "Water in the Post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals" during the 21th session of the Intergovernmental Council of IHP (18-20 June 2014, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France). The paper looks at 5 integral points, the first gives the basis of the discussion background: defining the post-2015 development agenda; followed by Water: A key for Sustainable Development which discusses water in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Post-2015 agenda, Sustainable development, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

Innovative ways for a sustainable use of drylands
  • Innovative ways for a sustainable use of drylands
  • UNESCO- Programme on Man and the Biosphere (MAB), United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). 2014
  • This study challenges the idea that dryland areas over the world are often considered as 'wastelands' as they are characterized through their scarce water resources, poor organic soils, low biological productivity, and extreme climatic conditions. Scientists from ten countries - Belgium, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, China, Egypt, India, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Jordan, Pakistan and Tunisia - studied dryland ecosystems from a research, environmental conservation and sustainable development perspective and detail 9 case studies from 9 of these countries -excludi...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Arab countries, Asia
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Arid zones, Community participation, Drylands, Ecosystems, Groundwater, Livelihoods, Perceptions, Sustainable development, Technology, Water scarcity, Water supply, Watersheds

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Published in 2015