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WSSCC, SCA Launch Menstruation Partnership[viewed]

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA), a hygiene and forest products company, announced a partnership to raise awareness on menstruation issues faced by women and girls.

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World Toilet Day Links Gender-Based Violence and Sanitation[viewed]

World Toilet Day brought attention to the theme “Equality, Dignity and the Link Between Gender-Based Violence and Sanitation” and the issue of open defecation with the tagline #WeCantWait. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized the “moral imperative to end open defecation and a duty to ensure women and girls are not at risk to assault and rape simply because they lack a sanitation facility.”

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WHO, UN-Water Report Finds Investing US$1 in WASH Delivers US$4.3 Return[viewed]

Every dollar invested in water and sanitation returns US$4.3 and an estimated gain of 1.5% of global gross domestic product (GDP) through reduced health care costs, as well as providing benefits such as reduced pollution, greater workplace productivity, increased school attendance and greater dignity, privacy and safety, according to a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on behalf of UN-Water. Despite increasing momentum and financial commitments to increase access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), the report finds serious gaps in funding continue to hinder progress.

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Pan-American Regional Meeting on Ramsar Prepares for COP 12[viewed]

The 6th Pan-American Meeting of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands provided input to the 12th Conference of the Parties (COP 12) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, which will take place in Punta del Este, Uruguay, in June 2015.

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UNU-INWEH, IAC Report Frames Water-Energy Nexus Against Arab Spring[viewed]

The UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) released the report ‘Global Agenda 2013: Water, Energy, and the Arab Awakening,' which examines water resource conflicts in the context of the Arab Spring.

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IWMI Launches Book on Developing Water-Related SDGs[viewed]

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) released the book ‘On Target for People and Planet: Setting and Achieving Water-Related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),' which highlights that framing water-related SDGs in a water security context provides a more comprehensive framework than the human-needs approach of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Event: Launch of the Food, Energy, Environment and Water (FE2W) Network[viewed]

The formal launch of the Food, Energy, Environment and Water (FE²W) Network will be held from 15:00 - 15:40 in Paris, France, with remarks delivered by George Mina, Australian Ambassador to UNESCO, and Blanca Jiménez Cisneros, UNESCO.

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IUCN Assessment Recommends Establishing More Freshwater PAs[viewed]

Freshwater biodiversity is not well represented in protected areas (PAs), according to an assessment by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released at the World Parks Congress.

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UNCCD, Ramsar Commit to Land Degradation Neutrality[viewed]

During the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress taking place in Sydney, Australia, Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and Christopher Briggs, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, announced a public commitment "to create a sustainable and resilient future for our children by stopping and reversing land degradation."

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Regional Workshop Presents Transboundary Water Recommendations to ANBO[viewed]

A regional workshop under the EU's ‘Strengthening Institutions for Transboundary Water Management in Africa' (SITWA) project aimed to help support development of the African Network for Basin Organizations (ANBO)'s ten-year strategy (2015-2025) and five-year action plan (2015-2020).

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