News headlines for “Water and Development”

  1. It’s Simple, but Requires Determination

    Monday, March 18, 2019

    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Mar 18 (IPS) - Monika Weber-Fahr, is Executive Secretary of Global Water PartnershipI am drafting this on International Women's Day - March 8 - with an eye towards World Water Day on March 22. On International Women's Day we celebrate progress in gender equality. At the same time, we recognize how much remains to be done: how many women remain excluded from decision-making across many professions. Changing this is urgent. Water – clean and accessible – is getting scarcer at an alarming rate. While working to change this, we cannot afford to exclude women.

  2. Women Take the Lead Tackling Climate Change in Bangladesh

    Friday, March 15, 2019

    LONDON / DHAKA, Mar 15 (IPS) - Jonathan Farr is WaterAid's Senior Policy Analyst on water security & climate change, based in London & Samia Mallik is WaterAid Bangladesh's Communications Officer, based in Dhaka.

    The stakes are high for women when faced with a warming world – their livelihoods jeopardised by labour markets that tend to put men first, their family responsibilities increasing rapidly in the face of droughts and flooding, and politicians who refuse to acknowledge the challenges they face. The story of those living on the frontline of a harsher climate is simply not being heard.

  3. Three Takeaways from Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico

    Friday, March 15, 2019

    SOUTH CAROLINA, USA, Mar 15 (IPS) - Mark Baker is Director of Disaster Response at Water Mission*Those of us working in disaster relief know what to expect when a hurricane or earthquake strikes with devastating fury.

    We know that safe water, food, and shelter will be the most immediate needs for survivors. And we have a good idea of the kind of wreckage we'll see, although we never cease to be humbled and sobered by the tragic sights.

  4. Access to Water Is a Daily Battle in Poor Neighborhoods in Buenos Aires

    Monday, March 11, 2019

    BUENOS AIRES, Mar 11 (IPS) - "Look at this water. Would you drink it?" asks José Pablo Zubieta, as he shows a glass he has just filled from a faucet, where yellow and brown sediment float, in his home in Villa La Cava, a shantytown on the outskirts of Argentina's capital.

  5. Local School Is a Model for Energy and Water in Rapa Nui

    Friday, February 22, 2019

    HANGA ROA, Chile, Feb 22 (IPS) - A school in the capital of Easter Island (Rapa Nui, in the local indigenous tongue) gives an example of clean management with the use of solar energy, rainwater recovery and an organic vegetable garden, as well as rooms and spaces built with waste materials.

  6. Reverse Engineering for SDGs

    Wednesday, February 20, 2019

    ROME, Feb 20 (IPS) - Dr. Kakoli Ghosh, Strategic Program on Sustainable Agriculture Management Team, FAO. Ms. Loreta Zdanovaite, Partnerships Officer, Division of Partnerships, FAO

    When young people from small towns and villages seek higher education they have to usually migrate to big cities leaving their local communities behind. On completion of their degree from the Universities, they generally prefer staying in cities, in search of a good job and a successful career. Though this is a standard practice, it is also a case of lost opportunities, especially for students who pursue higher education in agriculture. Here is why.

  7. Blue Economy: The New Frontier for Africa's Growth & How Japan Can Help

    Friday, February 08, 2019

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 08 (IPS) - An interview with Siddharth Chatterjee UN Resident Coordinator to Kenya by Nikkei Shimbun, Japan and reproduced by IPS.

  8. Removing Arsenic from Groundwater: We Have the Tools, Let's Use Them

    Friday, February 01, 2019

    HAMILTON, Canada, Feb 01 (IPS) - Researchers Yina Shan, Praem Mehta, Duminda Perera and Yurissa Varela developed this report at the UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health, hosted by the Government of Canada and McMaster University

    Cost-effective technologies are available to remove arsenic in groundwater. Why then do tens of millions still fall ill to this chronic problem?

    High natural levels of arsenic are characteristic of the groundwater supply in many countries, including Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Mongolia, and the United States.

  9. Moving Beyond Just Building Toilets

    Monday, January 21, 2019

    PUNE, India, Jan 21 (IPS) - One of the most laudable initiatives of the current government's regime is the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) that was launched on Oct 2, 2014, with a larger vision of a clean India. The critical aspect of the mission was that—unlike many of the movements that preceded it—this had a measurable outcome (making India open defecation free) and a firm timeline (by 2019).

  10. Wasting & Dining: the New Water Dilemma

    Thursday, January 17, 2019

    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan 17 (IPS) - Professor Jan Lundqvist is Senior Advisor at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)

    Concerns about the supply side of food systems are shifting from insufficient production and supply, to issues likely to affect food production in the medium and long term, such as water risks, global warming and environmental consequences.

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