In 2015, the global community launched the 2030 Agenda, with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that should be reached by 2030. Some progress has been made, but for most of the goals, the world is not on track to meet the deadline. Water can help us do better.
Groundwater is the regulator of the entire freshwater cycle, but its invisibility makes it difficult to manage and protect.
Many of the most pressing challenges in the world are about water: too little, too much or too inferior. Such challenges can only be effectively addressed through adequate governance of available water resources.
Water is a growing concern in many parts of the world. Countries can improve their water resilience through transboundary water cooperation over shared waters.
The climate crisis is essentially a water crisis. When we treat it as such, we get new tools to mitigate climate change and adapt to consequences that are unavoidable.
Insufficient supply and inadequate infrastructure leaves millions of people in the world without water.
How to increase the productivity of agriculture around the world through better water management.
The global COVID-19 pandemic has pushed millions of people back into poverty and exposed unacceptable gaps between the rich and the poor. One in three people are still not able to wash their hands with soap and water at home.
Will future wars be fought over water? The answer is probably no, but water scarcity can contribute to conflicts.
Indigenous peoples are the custodians of many of the world’s most fragile and important ecosystems. They also possess invaluable knowledge about sustainability and resilience, so they have a vital role in protecting our environment.
The source-to-sea approach focuses on the strong connection between what happens on land, along waterways, and in the sea.
A growing number of people, societies and companies are discovering the power of resilient landscapes. It is still possible to shift to more sustainable practices that recharge water, restore soil health, sequester carbon, and strengthen biodiversity – but we need to make the transformation now.
More than two billion people in the world lack safely managed drinking water and twice as many lack safely managed sanitation, making WASH one of the most urgent development challenges.
More and more young people offer important contributions to solving the growing water challenges they are inheriting.
Having access to water and sanitation has been recognized as a human right since 2010. But water is also essential to ensuring the fulfilment of many other rights.
The overall level of water stress of a country does not paint a full picture on the risk and impact to the country and its people, including children. Moreover, the level of water stress does not provide information about a country readiness to manage water stress impact. Assessing the “readiness” of a country’s enabling environment to tackle water scarcity and related compounding climate change risks is the main aim of this report.
An in-depth analysis of the enabling environment within the water and climate sectors was undertaken in 14 MENA countries. The assessment was structured using the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) enabling environment building blocks (SWA, n.d.): “Policy and Strategy”, “Institutional Arrangements”, “Financing”, “Capacity Development”, and “Planning, Monitoring and Review”. Under each building block, assessment criteria were defined and subsequently measured through the use of a combination of the findings from country desk reviews and country surveys distributed to UNICEF country offices.
The assessment found that the best performing building blocks include “Policy and Strategy” and “Institutional Arrangements”, with “Financing” and “Capacity Development” performing the worst. Planning, Monitoring and Review building block had mixed results with some countries performing well, and others poorly.
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