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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

Preventing Diarrhea Through Better Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene: exposures and impacts in low- and middle-income countries
  • Preventing Diarrhea Through Better Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene: exposures and impacts in low- and middle-income countries
  • World Health Organization (WHO). December 2014
  • This report summarizes the results of a series of studies, led by the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with 14 leading research institutions, estimating the burden of disease caused by unsafe water, sanitation, and hygiene in 145 low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Sections 2, 3 and 4 summarize for drinking-water, sanitation and handwashing respectively the estimates of exposure in LMICs, the meta-regression results, and the resulting burden of diarrheal disease. Section 5 considers the integration of WASH interventions, while Section 6,...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Arab countries, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Mediterranean region, Middle-East, Pacific Islands
  • Main themes: Disease, Drinking water, Health, Hygiene, Pollution, Poverty, Risk management, Sanitation, Water supply, Water treatment

Water and the Rural Poor - Interventions for improving livelihoods in Asia
  • Water and the Rural Poor - Interventions for improving livelihoods in Asia
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). November 2014
  • This study aims to understand the water and poverty linkages in rural Asia in order to provide guidance for policies and investments in innovative water interventions and to mobilize government and civil society support. Through mapping the links between poverty and water, this study contributes to identifying those rural households that will benefit most from water interventions and those where water interventions will not have significant impacts on poverty levels. Chapter 2 presents the overall trends and transformations in water, poverty and agriculture i...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Children, Climate change, Community management, Gender, Groundwater, Investments, Irrigation, Livelihoods, Livestock, Poverty, Rural areas, Sustainable development, Vulnerability, Water demand, Water management, 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

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

Prototype Global Sustainable Development Report
  • Prototype Global Sustainable Development Report
  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). July 2014
  • The present prototype global sustainable development report is the result of a collaborative effort of more than two thousand scientists and 50 staff from 20 UN entities from all world regions. The report illustrates a range of potential content and discusses potential overall directions for the Global Sustainable Development Report. The report maps sustainable development assessments and related processes, and identifies key remaining challenges to eliminate poverty and hunger; to feed, nurture, house, educate and employ the global population; to ensure peac...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Climate change, Economic impact, Education, Energy, Investments, Land management, Livestock, Monitoring, Post-2015 agenda, Poverty, Scenarios, Sustainable development, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Technology

Millennium Development Goals Report 2014
  • Millennium Development Goals Report 2014
  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). July 2014
  • The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Report, an annual assessment of regional progress towards the Goals, reflects the most comprehensive, up-to-date data compiled by over 25 UN and international agencies. The report acknowledges those MDGs that have already been met including access to clean drinking water and provides a statistical analyse of the future goals. In goal 7 'ensure environmental sustainability', target 7. C focuses on the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Drinking water, Education, Environment, Information and data, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Monitoring, Poverty, Sanitation, Sustainable development, Water availability, Water quality, Water supply

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Published in 2015