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Thirty Donor Countries Pledge US$4.43 Billion for GEF-6[viewed]

The negotiations on the sixth replenishment of the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund (GEF-6) concluded with pledges totaling US$4.43 billion over four years.

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Sanitation and Water for All High-Level Meeting a Milestone in High-Level Commitments Dialogue[viewed]

The Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) High-Level Meeting was convened by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) to address the theme “smart investments to achieve water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for all.” The meeting was marked by 250 commitments pledged by 40 SWA partner countries to variously: increase and improve the use of financial resources; reduce inequality in access; build capacity of institutions delivering water and sanitation services; and coordinate resources more effectively from both governments and donor aid.

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WHO/UNICEF JMP Launches 2014 Data Update on Water Supply and Sanitation[viewed]

The World Health Organization (WHO) / UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply and Sanitation recently launched their newly designed website, which contains newly released documents including the ‘2014 Update Progress on Drinking-Water and Sanitation,' ‘A Snapshot on Progress – 2014 Update,' and ‘Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Post 2015.' The 2014 Update is comprised of tables containing country, area or territory estimates on sanitation and drinking water, including on use of sanitation facilities and use of drinking-water sources.

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CEO Water Mandate Conference Addresses Corporate Water Stewardship[viewed]

The UN Global Compact convened the CEO Water Mandate Conference to address corporate water stewardship, collective action and the post-2015 development agenda, particularly in relation to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The meeting placed many of these issues in the local context, examining the water challenges faced by the host country Peru.

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UN-Water Report Assesses Country-Level Coordination[viewed]

UN-Water has released a report, ‘Coordination of Water Actions at the Country Level: A Report of the UN-Water Task Force on Country Level Coordination,' which examines challenges within the UN system coordinating country-level projects and programmes within the water sector, identifying the multi-sectoral aspect of water, lack of country-level water expertise and absence of funding for scaling-up successful approaches as challenges.

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UNESCO-IOC Forecasting Harmful Algal Blooms[viewed]

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC) is working to forecast the occurrence of harmful algal blooms (HABs), toxic species often described as red tides. HABs threaten desalination efforts and water security as well as the economy and health of arid nations, according to UNESCO.

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Mekong Summit Focuses on Water, Food and Energy Nexus in Changing Climate [viewed]

The Second Mekong Summit was organized around the theme ‘Water, Energy and Food Security in the Context of Climate Change.' The Conference focused on three key issues, namely climate change adaptation in a transboundary context; sustainable development and the water, food and energy nexus; and the benefits of cooperation.

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IISD Assumes Management of Experimental Lakes Area[viewed]

The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) signed agreements to ensure the continued operation of the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) research facility. The ELA is a unique whole-lake laboratory, with 58 lakes used for scientific study of stressors and pollutants on freshwater lakes and watersheds.

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Horn of Africa Countries Address Drought Threat and Disaster Resilience[viewed]

The Second IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI) was facilitated by the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an organization comprised of six East African countries in the Horn of Africa.

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UNESCO, Sweden, SIWI Launch International Centre for Water Cooperation[viewed]

Irina Bokova, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General, Léna Ek, Swedish Minister of Environment, and Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), signed an agreement creating the International Centre for Water Cooperation.

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