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U.N. Calls For Increased Efforts To Reduce Urban Poverty, Improve City Living Conditions

The U.N. marked World Habitat Day Monday with a call for governments worldwide to do more to reduce urban poverty and improve the living conditions populations in cities around the world face, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation reports. “Creating better cities demands the combined efforts of national and local governments, civil society and the private sector, supported by the best efforts of the United Nations system,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement released to mark World Habitat Day.

World Water Day Promotes Access To WASH

“…The adverse impact of dirty water and poor hygiene and sanitation reaches far beyond health. The diseases that stem from a lack of WASH keep children out of school and prevent parents from working, thereby decreasing human capital, worker productivity and gross domestic product. However, by addressing these diseases together…

Campaign Promotes WASH During Cricket Tournament

Founder and Executive Director of WASH United, Thorsten Kiefer, describes the popularity of cricket in South Asia, and the opportunity it creates for a WASH media campaign. “As part of our partnership with ICC (the International Cricket Council), key matches of the tournament will be dedicated to promoting sanitation and…

UNICEF Marks World Water Day

In a press release observing World Water Day, which takes place every year on March 22, UNICEF notes, “The MDG target for drinking water was met and passed in 2010, when 89 per cent of the global population had access to improved sources of drinking water — such as piped…

Expert Panel Discusses Sustainable Sanitation In Guardian Forum

The Guardian: 14 ways to make sanitation sustainable “What has more impact, new technology or behavioral change? Is there such a thing as a scalable solution that is also sensitive to cultural needs? Our panel of experts share their thoughts…” (Young, 3/26).

Health Workers Say Water Shortages Contribute To Rotavirus Infections In Cameroon

VOA News: Cameroon Medics Battle Rotavirus “In the past 12 months, thousands of children in Cameroon have died of severe diarrhea caused by rotavirus, with thousands more said to be hospitalized. Although the United Nations has come in to help with a vaccine, local medics say the situation is difficult,…

Haiti Still Struggles To Rebuild Four Years After Earthquake

News outlets examine the difficulties in providing humanitarian and food aid to Haiti four years after the country’s devastating earthquake. PBS NewsHour: Haitians blame U.N. soldiers for cholera crisis in wake of earthquake disaster “…Efforts to rebuild the poverty-stricken island were led by the United Nations. But in a cruel…

FAO Outlines Critical Food Security Issues In Near East, North Africa

U.N. News Centre: Water scarcity among critical food security issues in Near East and North Africa — U.N. “The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) [Thursday] warned that water scarcity is one of the most urgent food security issues facing countries of the Near East and North Africa, with…

Progress On WASH Critical To Post-2015 Development

Devex: Turning the post-2015 trickle into a flood Girish Menon, director of international operations for WaterAid U.K. “…The debate around what will follow the MDGs has been long and complex. There are many issues on the table. But putting safe WASH front and center is not negotiable. Sanitation and hygiene…