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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

L'eau dans le programme de développement pour l'après-2015 et les objectifs de développement durable
  • L'eau dans le programme de développement pour l'après-2015 et les objectifs de développement durable
  • 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; Water: A key for Sustainable Development which discusses water in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the need...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Post-2015 agenda, Sustainable development, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

(The) road to dignity by 2030: ending poverty, transforming all lives and protecting the planet
  • (The) road to dignity by 2030: ending poverty, transforming all lives and protecting the planet
  • United Nations (UN). December 2014
  • This synthesis report takes stock of the negotiations on the post-2015 agenda and reviews lessons from pursuit of the MDGs. It aims to guide negotiations for a new global agenda centred on people and the planet, and underpinned by human rights. It comes at a crucial time as UN Member States proceed with negotiations on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. The report draws from and informs those continuing discussions. It identifies six essential elements for delivering on the SDG's: Dignity; Prosperity; Justice; Partnership; Planet and People. These e...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Capacity building, Children, Ecosystems, Equity, Financing, Gender, Health, Human rights, Information and data, Investments, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Monitoring, Peacebuilding, Post-2015 agenda, Poverty, Sustainable development, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Technology

(The) role of women in agricultural water management - Results of a pilot project to develop gender-sensitive indicators
  • (The) role of women in agricultural water management - Results of a pilot project to develop gender-sensitive indicators
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). November 2014
  • This working document summarizes the results of a pilot project about gender-sensitive indicators and their potential integration into the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations' AQUASTAT global information system on water. If focuses on the role of women in water resources management in general and agricultural water in particular, reviewing the experience of three countries, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Education, Gender, Information and data, Irrigation, Participation, Water management, Water supply

Global Biodiversity Outlook 4
  • Global Biodiversity Outlook 4
  • Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). October 2014
  • This fourth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-4) provides a mid-term assessment of progress towards the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, as well as the UN Decade on Biodiversity. It summarizes the latest data on the status and trends of biodiversity and draws conclusions relevant to the further implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Awareness raising, Biodiversity, Capacity building, Climate change, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Forests, Knowledge management, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Participation, Pollution, Post-2015 agenda, Resilience, Risk management, Sustainable development, Traditional knowledge

Ebola virus disease (EVD) - Key questions and answers concerning water, sanitation and hygiene
  • Ebola virus disease (EVD) - Key questions and answers concerning water, sanitation and hygiene
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO). October 2014
  • This document summarizes the key questions, recommendations and best practices regarding water, sanitation and hygiene management when dealing with Ebola Virus Disease. It reflects input and advice from microbiologists and virologist with expertise in the environment, environmental engineers, and those with practical knowledge about WASH in emergencies and disease outbreaks.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Disease, Emergency situations, Environment, Health, Hygiene, Microbiology, Practices and habits , Sanitation, Wastewater, Water supply, Water treatment

Land degradation neutrality. Resilience at local, national and regional levels
  • Land degradation neutrality. Resilience at local, national and regional levels
  • United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). September 2014
  • This publication reviews efforts to define and identify how to deliver a land degradation neutral world as part of the post-2015 development agenda. The publication presents issues discussed by the Intergovernmental Working Group (IWG) about the follow up of the Rio+20 outcome. It examines the overlaps among the objectives of the three Rio Conventions (United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, UNCCD, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC, and Convention on Biological Diversity, CBD), and notes benefits of adopting common lan...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Biodiversity, Climate change, Desertification, Ecosystems, Land degradation, Land management, Livelihoods, Post-2015 agenda, Resilience, Sustainable development, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

Mangroves - magnifiques forêts sur le fil du rasoir
  • Mangroves - magnifiques forêts sur le fil du rasoir
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). September 2014
  • This publication provides a synthesis of the importance of tropical mangroves to people. It provides a range of policy and management interventions that can be used to better protect, sustainably use and restore mangroves to ensure they continue to support the people who have depended on them for generations. The document is divided into five thematic chapters, with several case studies that present local studies which support the chapter messages. Each chapter is led by key chapter messages and closes by recommending further (online) resources for policy mak...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Aquaculture, Biodiversity, Climate change, Coastal zones, Economic impact, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Forests, Information and data, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), River Basin Management, Sustainable development, Water quality

Afrique | Génération. La démographie enfantine en Afrique
  • Afrique | Génération. La démographie enfantine en Afrique
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). August 2014
  • This report, focusing exclusively on Africa, has two key components. Chapter 1 provides an in-depth analysis of child demographic trends in Africa, for the region as a whole, by subregion, and country-by-country, and contextualizes some of these trends. Chapter 2 seeks to raise some key policy questions on the implications of Africa's child demographics for the continent itself and for the world. It addresses the fact that parts of Africa already face considerable shortages of vital services and resources such as water, food and energy.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Children, Gender, Poverty, Urbanization, Water scarcity, Youth

Rapport de la Rapporteuse spéciale sur le droit de l'homme à l'eau et à l'assainissement
  • Rapport de la Rapporteuse spéciale sur le droit de l'homme à l'eau et à l'assainissement
  • United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). July 2014
  • This report to the UN General Assembly focuses on the right to participation in the context of realizing the right to safe drinking water and sanitation, emphasizing that States have an obligation to ensure participation. The UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation seeks to provide guidance on what the right to participation requires, what elements are essential for ensuring active, free and meaningful participation, and what participation entails at various levels of decision-making.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Equity, Financing, Human rights, Hygiene, Monitoring, Participation, Private sector participation (PSP), Sanitation, Sustainable development, Water availability, Water planning, Water quality, Water supply

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