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DUSHANBE, Tajikistan – 16 May, 2011 – Hydro electricity in rural communities is helping to improve access to social services, and providing families with a reliable source of heating during cold winters. See: photos of the community in Bozorboi Burunov Jamoat and their mini hydro power plant
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – 22 March, 2011 – Water and sanitation infrastructure in many countries in Europe and Central Asia are in a critical state and deteriorating, often posing a threat to human health. Yet, most countries have signed or ratified core UN human rights conventions, and many regional treaties recognize the right to water. Read: UN Secretary-General's statement on World Water Day 2011 Прочесть: Заявление Генерального Секретаря ООН по случаю Всемирного Дня Воды 2011 Watch: videos on Restoring the Danube River and the Black Sea; water in Tajikistan; clean up in Mojkovac, Montenegro View: Photos celebrating water in Europe and the CIS
MOJKOVAC, Montenegro – 31 January 2011 – After two decades in the toxic shadow of a closed lead and zinc mine, a small town in northern Montenegro is seeding a greener future as it cleans up an industrial dump and restores its pristine natural surroundings. Watch: video See: photos from Mojkovac
Democratic Governance, Energy & Environment » Decentralization, local governance and urban/rural development, Effective water governance
MOSCOW, Russian Federation – 11 October, 2010 – Journalists who took first place in the Every Drop of Water Matters contest for their contribution to water protection visited Baikal Lake – a UN Heritage Site – to see local projects that are contributing to the protection of the Lake. Watch: award winning videos See: award winning photos
Energy & Environment » Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, Effective water governance, Advocacy
BRATISLAVA, Slovak Republic – 1 October 2010 – Katy Norman and Jürg Staudenmann use experiences from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo (UNSC Resolution 1244) and Tajikistan to call for the closer integration of access-to water and social-inclusion agendas. Read: issue 15 of Development and Transition devoted to the theme of social inclusion.
Energy & Environment, Human Development » Effective water governance
ALMATY, Kazakhstan – 21 June – Scientists from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are meeting in Almaty this week to discuss how they can cooperate to better monitor melting glaciers in Central Asia.
Energy & Environment » Climate Change, Effective water governance, Frameworks and strategies for sustainable development
Muynak, Uzbekistan, 8 April 2010-With the Aral Sea literally blowing away in toxic clouds, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon likened the Aral Sea to a “cemetery of ships,” and advocated for greater action to remedy the situation while promising United Nations support. Read: Remarks of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on his visit to Aral Sea View: Aral Sea photos
Energy & Environment » Climate Change, Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, Effective water governance, Sustainable land management to combat desertification and land degradation
Kok-Ozek, Kazakhstan, 26 March 2010-With the world facing an increasingly large gap between global water supply and demand, a programme is in place in Kazakhstan to help plug that gap at the local level. The initiative is a part of the UNDP’s Millennium Development Goals—global benchmarks for reducing poverty and advancing human health and development by 2015. One of those objectives is developing access to safe drinking water and community stewardship of water. Watch: Every Drop Matters video
Ukraine/Belarus 16 February 2010-A Ukraine nature park and a Belarusian nature preserve have united across international borders to earn recognition as a territory of global importance, one that helps preserve biodiversity. In cooperation with the Ministers of Environment of both Ukraine and Belarus and support from UNDP/GEF, the park and preserve have formed the Transboundary Ramsar site, Stokhid-Pripyat-Prostyr. View: Stokhid-Pripyat-Prostyr Ramsar site photos
Energy & Environment » Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, Effective water governance
Bratislava, Slovak Republic, September 2009-There are a virtual sea of wikis related to water online. The United Nations Development Programme in Europe and CIS has developed its own contribution as well—WaterWiki.net. The three-year old WaterWiki has recently been relaunched as a global platform for all UN agencies active in the water sector. The aim is to compliment rather than double the work of other water wikis while focusing on policy and development-related aspects. Video: WaterWiki.net Compared to other Water Wikis
Almaty, Kazakhstan, February 2009- Unprecedented low water levels at Central Asia's two largest hydropower stations could create a humanitarian emergency in Central Asia in the next few months, according to a new report by the United Nations Development Programme.