News headlines for “Water and Development”, page 5

  1. Build Back Better: The Tiny Island of Dominica Faces New Climate Reality

    Monday, December 04, 2017

    ROSEAU, Dominica, Dec 04 (IPS) - McCarthy Marie has been living in the Fond Cani community, a few kilometres east of the Dominica capital Roseau, for 38 years. The 68-year-old economist moved to the area in 1979 following the decimation of the island by Hurricane David.

  2. Empowering Women Improves Communities, Ensures Success for Generations

    Monday, December 04, 2017

    ROME, Dec 04 (IPS) - At an event held on October 29 at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Gender Awards 2017, five countries were honored for impressive achievements in gender equality and women's empowerment despite harsh conditions and numerous daunting situational and societal obstacles. The five countries are Bangladesh, Mozambique, Colombia, Morocco, and Mauritania. The IFAD supported projects in these countries have ambitious goals for a more egalitarian future. To date these projects have successfully provided women with decision-making opportunities, skill training, and increased autonomy through the development of their own livelihoods.

  3. Q&Amp;A: “What Price Do We Put on Our Oceans?”

    Friday, December 01, 2017

    NAIROBI/NEW DELHI, Dec 01 (IPS) - "Political resolve is the key for succeeding in our fight against oceans pollution," Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment, who is leading hands-on the organisation's global campaign to clean up seas and oceans of plastic litter, agricultural run‑off and chemical dumping, told IPS.

  4. “Ambition & Action” Needed to End Open Defecation

    Monday, November 27, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 27 (IPS) - What would life be like without access to a toilet? What if our waste was not properly disposed of?

  5. Combating Climate Change? Combat Land Degradation, Says UNCCD Chief

    Friday, November 24, 2017

    BONN, Germany, Nov 24 (IPS) - Land restoration is not a "glamorous subject even when you give all the numbers," admits Monique Barbut, the Executive Secretary of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD). But she also stresses that by 2050, the world population will reach 10 billion. To feed that extra 2.4 billion, current food production would need to be increased by 75 percent.

  6. Decent Toilets for Women & Girls Vital for Gender Equality

    Thursday, November 16, 2017

    LONDON, Nov 16 (IPS) - This weekend marks World Toilet Day (November 19)-- and the news is disheartening. One in three people are still waiting for a toilet; still having to face the indignity and often fear of relieving themselves in the open or using unsafe or unhygienic toilets.

  7. Girls in Afghanistan—and Everywhere Else—Need Toilets

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    LONDON/WASHINGTON DC, Nov 15 (IPS) - "I never come here, just because of boys," Atifa says, pointing at the door of the stall. "They're opening the door." Atifa, a sixth grader in Kabul, Afghanistan, attends a school of 650 girls. Since they study in tents in a vacant lot, the only toilets the girls have access to are on the far side of the boys' school next door. The school is one of a very few for girls in the area, so some students walk over an hour each way to get there.

  8. On Gender Day at Climate Meet, Some Progress, Many Hurdles

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    BONN, Germany, Nov 15 (IPS) - "Five years ago, when we first started talking about including gender in the negotiations, the parties asked us, ‘Why gender?' Today, they are asking, ‘How do we include gender?' That's the progress we have seen since Doha," said Kalyani Raj.

  9. The Mekong, Dammed to Die

    Tuesday, November 14, 2017

    PHNOM PENH, Nov 14 (IPS) - In Laos, the lush forests are alive with the whines of drills that pierce the air. On the Mekong, a giant concrete wall rises slowly above the trees. The Don Sahong dam is a strong symbol, not only for a power-hungry Asia but also for what critics fear is a disaster in the making.

  10. Aid Groups Sound Alarm on DRC Crisis

    Monday, November 13, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 13 (IPS) - The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis and the international community must step in before it worsens, humanitarian agencies warn.

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