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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)

Local and indigenous knowledge for community resilience: hydro-meteorological disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in coastal and small island communities
  • Local and indigenous knowledge for community resilience: hydro-meteorological disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in coastal and small island communities
  • UNESCO Office in Jakarta. 2014
  • Local and indigenous knowledge is yet to be included in policies on disaster risk reduction or climate change adaptation, and the wealth of documented knowledge and practices have not led to increased efforts to make use of this knowledge to enable communities to increase their resilience. A project officially launched in 2011 focussing on local and indigenous knowledge related to hydrometeorological hazards and climate change in Indonesia, the Philippines and Timor-Leste addresses this gap. This publication begins with an introduction of the background, basi...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Agriculture, Aquaculture, Climate change, Communication, Disasters, Dissemination of scientific knowledge, Education, Gender, Information and data, Resilience, Risk management, Small islands, Technology, Traditional knowledge, Vulnerability

(The) State of African Cities 2014. Re-imagining sustainable urban transitions
  • (The) State of African Cities 2014. Re-imagining sustainable urban transitions
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). 2014
  • This report analyses the emerging challenges and risks to which urban and rural Africa are being exposed with a view to facilitating discussions at regional, national and local levels on how best to address the challenges ahead and apply solutions that are innovative, location-specific and effective. It contains 6 chapters that study the different regions of the African continent, with the sub-categories Social and Environmental vulnerabilities and Emerging Issues focussing on the water and sanitation challenges faced in each.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Climate change, Environment, Informal settlements, Risk management, Sanitation, Slums, Sustainable development, Urban areas, Urbanization, Water security, Water supply

Our Planet: Climate for Life
  • Our Planet: Climate for Life
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). November 2014
  • The November issue of the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP)'Our Planet' magazine focuses on the interactions between biodiversity, climate change and protected areas. The issue contains 11 feature articles and provides highlights of UNEP's work as well as country-level action on climate change mitigation and environmental conservation. The UN Environment Programme Executive Director, Achim Steiner, opens the publication. This is followed by feature articles by Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon, Anote Tong, President of Kiribati and Razan Khalifa Al Mubara...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Biodiversity, Climate change, Coastal zones, Ecosystems, Environment, Forests, Green economy, Land degradation, Mitigation, Monitoring, Sustainable development, Urban areas, Youth

Understanding sufficiency in water-related collective action. Discussion paper
  • Understanding sufficiency in water-related collective action. Discussion paper
  • United Nations Global Compact. October 2014
  • This discussion paper explores how companies can go about conducting a water stewardship assessment and use it as the basis of their water-related collective action efforts. It selectively focuses on water stewardship action at the scale of local watersheds and aquifers, as pursued through collective action with the community of water users sharing those local water resources. Specifically, it introduces the concept of 'sufficiency' in managing water stress.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Community participation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Groundwater, Participation, Private sector participation (PSP), Water governance, Water scarcity, Water security, Watersheds

Leading MDG Action. Accelerating Action: Global Leaders on Challenges and Opportunities for MDG Achievement
  • Leading MDG Action. Accelerating Action: Global Leaders on Challenges and Opportunities for MDG Achievement
  • United Nations (UN). September 2014
  • This report presents progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with concrete examples from around the world. As a cross-cutting theme, water and sanitation issues are highlighted in different sections of the report.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Children, Disease, Drinking water, Education, Environment, Equity, Financing, Gender, Health, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Poverty, Sanitation, Sustainable development, Vulnerable groups, Water supply

Green infrastructure. Guide for water management. Ecosystem-based management approaches for water-related infrastructure projects
  • Green infrastructure. Guide for water management. Ecosystem-based management approaches for water-related infrastructure projects
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), The Nature Conservancy, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). September 2014
  • The Green Infrastructure approach refers to the natural or semi-natural systems that provide services for water resources management with equivalent or similar benefits to conventional (built) "grey" water infrastructure. This guide addresses one of the main barriers to widespread adoption of Green Infrastructure (GI) solutions: a general lack of awareness of the solutions and associated cost benefits. The case studies in this guide provide examples of GI options that address water management challenges, while delivering a number of significant co-benefits. T...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Coastal zones, Economic impact, Ecosystem services, Ecosystems, Environment, Floods, Forests, Infrastructure, Investments, Rainwater harvesting, Risk management, River Basin Management, Urban areas, Water management, Water quality, Water supply, Wetlands

Exploring the Business Case for Corporate Action on Sanitation. White paper
  • Exploring the Business Case for Corporate Action on Sanitation. White paper
  • United Nations Global Compact. September 2014
  • This white paper explores why action on sanitation is a moral imperative for companies around the world, and why there is also a good business case for making it so. It discusses the business risks resulting from a lack of sanitation, and the business opportunities and benefits offered by sanitation interventions. The paper focuses on unpacking the business drivers for action on sanitation as well as on presenting a framework for how companies can support sanitation objectives.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Corporate Social Responsibility, Economic impact, Ecosystems, Education, Health, Hygiene, Open defecation, Risk management, Sanitation, Water supply

Driving Harmonization of Water-Related Terminology. Discussion paper
  • Driving Harmonization of Water-Related Terminology. Discussion paper
  • United Nations Global Compact. September 2014
  • This discussion paper seeks to assert common definitions for water-related terminology. The paper summarizes key outcomes from a dialogue process through which participant organizations sought to work toward a mutual understanding on key questions such as: (1) Do "scarcity", "stress", and "risk" refer to three distinct, useful concepts in the context of corporate water stewardship?; (2) What specifically is meant by each term? How do organizations conceive of them differently?; (3) How do these terms relate to one another?; (4) How can these terms be used in ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Corporate Social Responsibility, Risk management, Water scarcity

Generation 2030 | Africa. Child demographics in Africa
  • Generation 2030 | Africa. Child demographics in Africa
  • 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

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