News headlines for “Water and Development”

  1. Human Rights? But Not for Sanitation Workers

    Tuesday, December 10, 2019

    LONDON, Dec 10 (IPS) - This year's Human Rights Day advocates for everyone to stand up for their rights and those of others.

    Yet this will feel like a distant reality for the millions of sanitation workers in developing countries who are forced to work in conditions that endanger their health and even their lives.

  2. What Do We Want from Our Oceans?

    Tuesday, December 03, 2019

    ROME, Dec 03 (IPS) - This is a question we need to ask ourselves but before answering we need to acknowledge the diversity of expectations and aspirations that we all have for oceans, which cover more than two-thirds of the planet's surface.

  3. Water Is Worth More than Milk in Extrema, Brazil

    Friday, November 29, 2019

    EXTREMA, Brazil, Nov 29 (IPS) - "They called me crazy" for fencing in the area where the cows went to drink water, said Elias Cardoso, on his 67-hectare farm in Extrema, a municipality 110 km from São Paulo, Brazil's largest metropolis.

  4. More Than just a Toilet: Fusing innovation & Partnerships for a Better World

    Thursday, November 21, 2019

    KOHLER, Wisconsin, Nov 21 (IPS) - Each year, World Toilet Day* raises awareness of the crucial role that sanitation plays in reducing disease and creating healthier communities.

    At Kohler, we're committed to finding solutions for universal sanitation access by leveraging our design & innovation competencies and partnering with like-minded organizations to bring meaningful innovations to those communities most in need.

  5. “Transformational Benefits” of Ending Outdoor Defecation

    Monday, November 18, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 18 (IPS) - Ending the practice of defecating in the open, rather than in a toilet, will have “transformational benefits” for some of the world's most vulnerable people, says the UN's partner sanitation body, the WSSCC (Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council).

  6. The Ocean in Us: Ocean Action for Climate Ambition

    Monday, November 18, 2019

    NOUMEA, New Caledonia, Nov 18 (IPS) - In just under a month, countries around the world will gather for UNFCCC COP 25. The hashtag for this year's "Blue COP" is yet another reminder to us all that it is "Time For Action". We can no longer afford to wait as the effects of the climate crisis become ever more present. Vulnerable populations, whether from Small Island States, the rural heartland or the world's megacities, are becoming ever more vulnerable, and the wellbeing of people and planet continues to face its most existential threat.

  7. Los Angeles Joins a Global Movement to Protect Human Right to Water

    Friday, November 15, 2019

    OTTAWA, Canada, Nov 15 (IPS) - On November 6, Los Angeles became the first major city in the United States to earn the designation of "Blue Community" – a bold move that will keep water protected from privatization.

  8. World’s Sewage Workers ‘Underpaid, Sidelined and Risking their Lives’

    Friday, November 15, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 15 (IPS) - People who empty out sewage tanks and scrub down latrines doubtless perform a vital, thankless and even undesirable task. A new report, however, shows that doing such jobs could also cost workers their lives.

  9. Rock Glaciers Supply Water to Highlands Communities in Argentina

    Thursday, November 14, 2019

    EL CÓNDOR, Argentina, Nov 14 (IPS) - In Argentina's Puna region, at 4,000 metres above sea level, the color green is rare in the arid landscape, which is dominated by different shades of brown and yellow. In this inhospitable environment, daily life has improved thanks to a system of piping water downhill from rock glaciers to local communities.

  10. How can Taps, Toilets & Good Hygiene Help Ensure Sustainable & Resilient Agricultural Supply Chains?

    Tuesday, November 12, 2019

    LONDON, Nov 12 (IPS) - Water underpins the global economy and agriculture is by far the world's largest water consumer, accounting for 70% of freshwater withdrawals. Global water demands are projected to increase by 55% by 2050 and climate change will present further pressures on water accessibility.

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