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UN-Water Releases 2013 Annual Report[viewed]

UN-Water published its “2013 Annual Report” highlighting UN-Water activities including outreach and communication, major events, publications, programmes, thematic priority areas and task forces, and other activities, and governance and financial aspects.

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IRC Book Assesses Costs of WASH[viewed]

The International Red Cross released a book titled “Priceless! Uncovering the Real Costs of Water and Sanitation” as part of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Cost (WASHCost) initiative. The book presents lessons learned from the WASHCost project and reflects on experiences in the four project countries: Burkina Faso; Ghana; Mozambique; and India.

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IWMI Report Assesses Global Water Demand Projections[viewed]

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) released a report, titled “Global Water Demand Projections (WDPs): Past, Present and Future,” which found that pre-1990 WDPs over predicted water use by up to 130%, while current WDP models are prone to underestimation, particularly at the country and sector scale.

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LAC Workshop Calls for Increased Biogas Production from Family Agriculture[viewed]

Specialists from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Jamaica, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuel attended a workshop on how the production of biogas from the family agricultural sector can reduce the sector's waste production, water contamination and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while providing a renewable energy source for rural areas.

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Event: Dresden Nexus Conference 2015[viewed]

The Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC) 2015 will convene under the theme 'Global Change, Sustainable Development Goals and the Nexus Approach,' and include participants from UN organizations, UN University (UNU) institutes, governments, international organizations, as well as individual researchers and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

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World Water Week Calls for Water Goal in Post-2015 Development Agenda[viewed]

World Water Week, which convened this year on the theme 'Energy and Water,' closed with a call for inclusion of a standalone water target in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the post-2015 development agenda.

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REEEP Promotes ‘Nexus Thinking' in Agrifood Companies[viewed]

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) is calling on governments to help small and medium enterprises in the food-producing agriculture sector to integrate water and energy concerns in their business approaches.

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SIDS Conference Concludes with 297 Partnerships, Adoption of Outcome Document[viewed]

The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) took place from 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa, on the theme of ‘The Sustainable Development of SIDS Through Genuine and Durable Partnerships.' The Conference produced an outcome document, titled ‘SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway,' which was negotiated during the preparatory process at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and adopted without further discussion during the closing plenary.

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ADB Spotlights Pakistan's Water Assessment and Management Plan [viewed]

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) published a report titled ‘Water Balance: Achieving Sustainable Development through a Water Assessment and Management Plan – The Case of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Pakistan.'

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August Water Finance Update[viewed]

During the month of August, the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) issued loans or grants for projects in Laos PDR, Cameroon, South Africa, Armenia and Romania. The World Bank also reported on the implementation of projects in Viet Nam, Zimbabwe and India.

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