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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

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

(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): Global
  • 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

Investing in water and sanitation: increasing access, reducing inequalities
  • Investing in water and sanitation: increasing access, reducing inequalities
  • World Health Organization (WHO). November 2014
  • The objective of the UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) is to monitor the inputs required to extend and sustain water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) systems and services. This includes the components of the 'enabling environment': documenting government policy and institutional frameworks; the volume, sources and targeting of investment; the sufficiency of human resources; priorities and gaps with respect to external assistance; and the influence of these factors on performance. A secondary goal is to analyse the ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Communication, Drinking water, Equity, Financing, Hygiene, Information and data, Investments, Monitoring, Public policy, Rural areas, Sanitation, Urban areas, Water availability, Water services, Water supply

(The) economics of climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean: Paradoxes and challenges of sustainable development
  • (The) economics of climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean: Paradoxes and challenges of sustainable development
  • Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC). November 2014
  • This overview of the climate change economy in Latin America and the Caribbean is intended to present an analysis of climate change with reference to the creation of a sustainable development path. The study is divided in seven chapters. The second chapter looks at the potential impacts of climate change in various sectors, including water.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Climate change, Coastal zones, Economic impact, Equity, Forests, Health, Mitigation, Private sector participation (PSP), Public-private partnerships (PPP), Risk management, Scenarios, Sustainable development, Urban areas

Realizing the human rights to water and sanitation: A Handbook
  • Realizing the human rights to water and sanitation: A Handbook
  • UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation. September 2014
  • This handbook aims to clarify the meaning of the human rights to water and sanitation; explain the obligations that arise from these rights; provide guidance on implementing the human rights to water and sanitation; share some examples of good practice and show how these rights are being implemented; explore how States can be held to account for delivering on their obligations; provide its users with checklists, so they can assess how far they are complying with the human rights to water and sanitation. The target audiences for this Handbook are governments a...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Europe, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean, Northern America
  • 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

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

The Limits and Possibilities of Prepaid Water in Urban Africa: Lessons from the Field
  • The Limits and Possibilities of Prepaid Water in Urban Africa: Lessons from the Field
  • World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). August 2014
  • "This evidence-based study explores the opportunities, limits, costs, and benefits of different experiences of prepaid systems and their equity implications for serving urban poor communities. It provides urban utilities, oversight agencies, and other stakeholders in Africa with a basis for decision-making on the suitability, introduction, and management of prepaid meters. The report offers a tour of real-life cases in eight very different African cities: Kampala, Lusaka, Maputo, Maseru, Mogale City, Nakuru, Nairobi, and Windhoek. The study canvassed the pers...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Children, Economic impact, Economic instruments, Equity, Gender, Poverty, Poverty reduction, Technology, Urban areas, Water governance, Water services, Water supply

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation
  • Report of the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation
  • 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

UNICEF Annual Report 2013
  • UNICEF Annual Report 2013
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). June 2014
  • This Annual Report summarises UNICEF's work during 2013, with specific reference to the implementation of the Strategic Plan to guide equity-focused work over the next four years across all priorities: child health, HIV and AIDS, water, sanitation and hygiene, nutrition, education, child protection and social inclusion - and cross-cutting issues like gender and early childhood development. The report covers a wide body of humanitarian work that refers consistently to the importance of water and sanitation in achieving UNICEF's goals.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Children, Education, Equity, Gender, Health, Hygiene, Sanitation, Vulnerable groups

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Published in 2015