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Tap Secrets: The Manila Water Story
  • Tap Secrets: The Manila Water Story
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila Water Company. July 2014
  • This book weaves a collection of ideas and concepts on how "change management" was used to transform the Manila Water Company into a world-class water utility service. It provides an insider's view of the transformation of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) using the public-private partnership (PPP) concept. This complete account of a water company transition is presented in 6 chapters: Overview; Corporate transformation: from public to private; Attaining sustainability: the building blocks for change; Attaining sustainability: the fruits ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Climate change, Corporate Social Responsibility, Investments, Privatization, Public-private partnerships (PPP), Resilience, Risk management, Sustainable development, Urbanization, Wastewater, Water efficiency, Water operators, Water supply, Water treatment

Delivering as one on water related issues. UN-Water strategy 2014-2020
  • Delivering as one on water related issues. UN-Water strategy 2014-2020
  • UN-Water. June 2014
  • This strategy explores the methods employed to achieve the goals set for UN-Water by 2020. It gives a complete account of the coordination mechanism's vision, mission and strategic directions; how to maximise potential through 'delivering as one' and stronger mechanisms towards success. The strategy concludes with a projection of what success might look like in 2020.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Knowledge management, Post-2015 agenda, Sustainable development, Water management

(The) Water-Food-Energy Nexus at FAO
  • (The) Water-Food-Energy Nexus at FAO
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). May 2014
  • This concept note is an analysis of the water-food-energy nexus starting with an explanation of what each focus area represents and how the complex interactions between all three can be managed. It asks "What is the added value of a nexus approach?" Followed by an exploration of the sustainability debate and the working areas of the water-food-energy nexus, through the following sub headings: A cross-sectoral and dynamic perspective; Is the concept of the Water-Food-Energy nexus just "some old wine in new bottles" or does it bring something new to the table? ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Energy, Food security, Participation, Scenarios, Sustainable development, Water management

GWOPA Annual Report 2013
  • GWOPA Annual Report 2013
  • Global Water Operators' Partnerships Alliance (GWOPA), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). March 2014
  • This report summarises the goals achieved by the Global Water Operators' Partnerships Alliance and its Secretariat during 2013. The report introduces the creation and adoption of GWOPA's 2013-2017 Strategy. The Strategy pulls together and rationalizes the work that GWOPA had been doing in a more organic fashion than before, presenting it in a coherent and results-oriented framework that allows the GWOPA members, partners and Secretariat to work together towards its realization. The Strategy has begun to reframe GWOPA's work, with this annual report following ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Communication, Financing, Knowledge management, Water operators

UNEP 2013 Annual Report
  • UNEP 2013 Annual Report
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). March 2014
  • The 2013 Annual Report lays out the highlights of UNEP's work in 2013, focusing on UNEP's achievement in the key focus areas of Climate Change; Disasters and Conflicts; Ecosystem Management; Environmental Governance; Harmful Substances and Hazardous Waste; Resource Efficiency; and Sustainable Consumption and Production. There is specific reference to the impacts on and necessity for water, the human reliance upon this resource and the scarcity caused by our changing environment. Water as a theme runs throughout, but is more clearly summarised under the title ...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Climate change, Disasters, Ecosystems, Environment, International trade, Resilience, Sustainable development, Wastewater, Water efficiency, Water scarcity

UNICEF Humanitarian Action for Children 2014
  • UNICEF Humanitarian Action for Children 2014
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). February 2014
  • This overview summarises UNICEF's Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) in reflection of 2013 and throughout 2014. It includes detailed infographics demonstrating the distribution of children in crisis globally and the projected funding required for 2014. The largest part of the HAC focus goes to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) initiatives at 28% of the total spending. The overview provides a detailed insight into the structure of UNICEF's commitments and priorities
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Children, Education, Financing, Health, Hygiene, Open defecation, Sanitation, Vulnerable groups, Water supply

Third Hashimoto Action Plan
  • Third Hashimoto Action Plan
  • United Nations Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Sanitation (UNSGAB). October 2013
  • The Third Hashimoto Action Plan (HAPIII) outlines UNSGAB's 2013-2015 strategy for shaping global water and sanitation policy. The Plan calls for a final push to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on water and sanitation, noting that the sanitation target is among the most off-track, and advocates for including water and sanitation objectives in the post-2015 development agenda.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Disasters, Drinking water, Energy, Financing, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Post-2015 agenda, Sanitation

Accelerating progress, sustaining results. The MDGs to 2015 and beyond
  • Accelerating progress, sustaining results. The MDGs to 2015 and beyond
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). September 2013
  • This report details the success of the MDG Acceleration Framework (MAF), a tool developed by UNDP in 2010 to guide collaborative national efforts to identify and overcome bottlenecks slowing country progress towards achieving priority MDG targets. The report also highlights how the MAF has built partnerships within more than 50 countries to re-focus existing policies and programmes into national action plans to hasten progress towards priority MDGs, and connect humanitarian efforts to longer-term results. Chapter 2.4 is dedicated to the issue of water and san...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Post-2015 agenda, Sanitation, Water supply

Water Business Kit Kenya. A guide to starting your own water treatment and vending business
  • Water Business Kit Kenya. A guide to starting your own water treatment and vending business
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC). March 2013
  • This Water Business Kit is the product of previous research in Southeast Asia by Aquaya and work in Kenya which has established and supported water treatment and vending businesses. The kit is designed to provide entrepreneurs with a step-by-step guide to opening and operating a successful water treatment and vending retail business in Kenya. It is organized in four parts keys to business success, planning your business, setting up your business and running your business.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Small-scale providers

UN system task team on the post-2015 UN development agenda: building resilience to disasters through partnerships
  • UN system task team on the post-2015 UN development agenda: building resilience to disasters through partnerships
  • United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). February 2013
  • This paper outlines the modus operandi of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction partnership in working with and empowering stakeholders to build partnerships and political legitimacy for international agreements in the context of disaster risk reduction. With this approach the paper refers to the directions outlined in the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters. It calls for localising and leveraging partnerships for risk reduction and asserts that the strength of the Hyogo Framework f...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Disaster prevention, Post-2015 agenda

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Published in 2015