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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

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

Information Brief on Water and Sustainable Development
  • Information Brief on Water and Sustainable Development
  • UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC). January 2015
  • For the purpose of the 2015 International Annual UN-Water Zaragoza Conference and in preparation for World Water Day 2015 focusing on 'Water and Sustainable Development', the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) has produced a series of information briefs on different issues and tools. This brief looks at the role of water in achieving sustainable development. It analyses the interlinkages between water and agriculture, industry, energy, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), ecosystems, urbanization and climate change.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Climate change, Ecosystems, Energy, Hygiene, Industry, Sanitation, Sustainable development, Urbanization, Water supply

UNEP Yearbook 2014. Emerging issues in our global environment
  • UNEP Yearbook 2014. Emerging issues in our global environment
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 2014
  • The UNEP Yearbook compiles data on all areas of UNEP's work, divided into 10 chapters that cover different emerging issues. The chapter 'Excess Nitrogen in the Environment' focuses on the consequences of pollutants in the water cycle whereas the chapter 'The emergence of infectious disease' demonstrates the importance of access to clean water and sanitation in the battle against the spread of disease. The combination of different areas of focus demonstrates the diverse roles water and sanitation play.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Climate change, Disease, Economic impact, Ecosystems, Energy, Environment, Health, Land management, Pollution, Resilience, Sanitation, Sustainable development, Traditional knowledge, Water cycle

Planning for Climate Change: Toolkit. A strategic, values-based approach for urban planners
  • Planning for Climate Change: Toolkit. A strategic, values-based approach for urban planners
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). 2014
  • This Toolkit is a companion document for the Planning for Climate Change Guide. The tools included are designed to help planners, or other project facilitators, to work through the planning framework in "Planning for Climate Change: A strategic values-based approach for urban planners". The toolkit contains four different modules: Module A: What's happening?; Module B: What matters most?; Module C: What can we do about it?; Module D: Are we doing it?. While the tools are best used in conjunction with the planning framework, every process will be different and...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Behaviour change, Climate change, Disaster prevention, Energy, Financing, Floods, Mitigation, Monitoring, Participation, Resilience, Risk management, Sanitation, Urban areas, Vulnerability, Water planning, Water scarcity

Planning for Climate Change: Guide. A strategic, values-based approach for urban planners
  • Planning for Climate Change: Guide. A strategic, values-based approach for urban planners
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). 2014
  • This report was developed for city planners to better understand, assess and take action on climate change at the local level. Specifically targeted to the needs of planners and allied professionals in low and middle-income countries where the challenges of planning for climate change are particularly high. The guide's strategic, values based planning framework promotes a participatory planning process that integrates local participation and good decision-making. It provides practical tools for addressing climate change through different urban planning proces...[Read full description]
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Behaviour change, Climate change, Disaster prevention, Energy, Financing, Floods, Mitigation, Monitoring, Participation, Resilience, Risk management, Sanitation, Urban areas, Vulnerability, Water planning, Water scarcity

Global Agenda 2013: Water, Energy, and the Arab Awakening
  • Global Agenda 2013: Water, Energy, and the Arab Awakening
  • United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). October 2014
  • This report examines water resource conflicts in the context of the Arab Spring. It contains comments and papers on: the state of water and politics in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region; the water-energy nexus and climate change; sectarianism and Middle Easter geopolitics; and nuclear non-proliferation. Among issues addressed is the proposed Red Sea-Dead Sea canal, which would be designed to rehabilitate parts of the Jordan River Basin as well as the relationship between energy and food demand and water supply.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Arab countries
  • Main themes: Climate change, Conflicts, Energy, Ethics, Food security, Public policy, River Basin Management, Sustainable development, Water management, Water security, Water supply

Demand in the Desert: Mongolia's Water-Energy-Mining Nexus
  • Demand in the Desert: Mongolia's Water-Energy-Mining Nexus
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). August 2014
  • This report examines the relationship between water and energy in Mongolia and the stress factors of urbanization and mining, in particular. The water¿energy nexus is examined at a national level and in two basins that are essential to Mongolia's immediate socioeconomic development and long-term prosperity: The Tuul River Basin and the Galba-Uush Doloodin Gobi Basin.
  • Main themes: Deserts, Energy, Food security, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Mining, River Basin Management, Urban areas, Urbanization, Water availability, Water balance, Water management, Water security

Keeping Track of Adaptation Actions in Africa. Targeted Fiscal Stimulus Actions Making a Difference
  • Keeping Track of Adaptation Actions in Africa. Targeted Fiscal Stimulus Actions Making a Difference
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). August 2014
  • Using projects conducted in various countries in sub-Saharan Africa, this publication shows, in myriad ways, the direct benefits of adaptation actions and their capability to provide transitional pathways to green growth and sustainable development. It also shows how concrete demonstration actions can provide solutions that can move countries and communities in Africa towards climate-resilient development. The first part of the booklet presents "snapshots" of the many elements of the climate change context (including water scarcity, agricultural production, ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Agriculture, Climate change, Drought, Energy, Floods, Forests, Green economy, Health, Land management, Resilience, Risk management, Sustainable development, Water scarcity

Partnerships for improving water and energy access, efficiency and sustainability
  • Partnerships for improving water and energy access, efficiency and sustainability
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations University (UNU), UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC). August 2014
  • This report brings together outputs from the UN-Water Zaragoza Conference 2014, summarising contributions from different UN agencies and programmes, more than 120 experts, representatives of international companies in the water and energy sector, governmental and non-governmental organisations. An introduction provides insight into the interlinkages between water and energy and the prospects for a sustainable future. The report then examines the future of the water-energy nexus and partnership under 6 key headings: The UN and the Water-Energy Nexus; Water and...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Energy, Industry, Participation, Sustainable development, Water efficiency, Water policy

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Published in 2015