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11th International Conference and Exhibition on Good Urban Governance: 13-15 March 2013 - India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, Delhi NCR, India -- UN-Habitat is a strategic partner for organising Municipalika 2013, which provides a platform to take stock of the progress, to assess the possibilities and problems as well as map future strategies and solutions. For more information, visit the Conference website....

Seventh Session of World Urban Forum heads to Medellin - 05 September 2012, Naples, Italy: Medellin it is! The Colombian city was on Wednesday named the host of the Seventh Session of the World Urban Forum to be held in 2014. Immediately UN-Habitat Staff member Mr. Andre Dzikus made the announcement the room burst into uproarious cheers as the hitherto tense officials and supporters of the Colombian city backslapped and high-fived one another.

According to Mr. Dzikus, the choice was made after a grueling exercise that pitted the Colombia's second city to other contestants from around the world. "After a rigorous exercise we settled on Medellin," Mr. Dzikus who was the search committee's coordinator said.... read more

300 Schools to receive WASH services in India in 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC, United States (OOSKAnews Correspondent) -- The “Support My School” campaign, a partnership involving NDTV, Coca-Cola India, the Pearson Foundation, UN-HABITAT, Sulabh International and Charities Aid Foundation with support from Weston Solutions, Tata Teleservices, Merck and campaign ambassador Sachin Tendulkar, will complete water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects at 100 schools across India by April 2012, with a target to reach another 200 by the end of the year.

The campaign held an event in Washington DC earlier December 2011 on “Building a Healthy India” to raise awareness about the importance of having WASH.... read more

BASF advances Water Education project in Mangalore, India - December 13, 2011: As part of the project “Promotion of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Education and Water Quality Monitoring in Mangalore City, India”, water quality testing laboratories are being jointly established by BASF, UN-Habitat and TERI in eight schools in Mangalore.... read more

Gulariya Municipality in Nepal declares first Open Defecation Free (ODF) Community (UN Newsletter Nepal:, - Practical Action Nepal and UN-Habitat Water for Asian Cities Programme Nepal have been conducting various WASH related activities in urban poor communities of Nepal to contribute to sustainable improvement in health and well-being of vulnerable population especially, women and children residing in urban and peri-urban clusters of Chitwan, Nawalparasi and Rupandehi, Kailali and Kanchanpur through Strengthening Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Treasuring Health (SWASTHA) project... read more

Introduction of Cardboard Composting in Nepal (UN Newsletter Nepal:, - Composting itself is familiar to many cities and towns in Asia, the concept of utilizing used cardboard boxes with locally available materials was an innovative yet very feasible solution for many cities which face serious waste management and collection issues. Among the cities who expressed keen interest in adopting the method on a trial basis, UN-HABITAT Regional Office for Asia Pacific (ROAP), in cooperation with UN-HABITAT Water and Sanitation Team conducted composting workshops in Kathmandu, Nepal... read more

Government of Nepal launches National Sanitation Programme (NSP) - On 7 October 2010, the Government of Nepal launched the National Sanitation Programme (NSP) supported by the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC). UN-HABITAT was selected as the Executing Agency for the USD 5.8 million GSF Programme in Nepal

Water is the essence of life. Safe drinking water and sanitation are indispensable to sustain life and health, and fundamental to the dignity of all. The international community has increasingly recognized that access to safe drinking water and sanitation must be considered within a human rights framework... read more

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United Nations General Assembly declares access to clean water and sanitation is a human right

28 July 2010 After more than 15 years of contentious debate on the issue, the United Nations General Assembly has passed a landmark resolution (64/L.63/Rev.1) declaring "the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights". The 192-member Assembly also called on United Nations Member States and international organizations to offer funding, technology and other resources to help poorer countries scale up their efforts to provide clean, accessible and affordable drinking water and sanitation for everyone.

The Assembly resolution received 122 votes in favour and zero votes against, while 41 countries abstained from voting. The text of the resolution expresses deep concern that an estimated 884 million people lack access to safe drinking water and a total of more than 2.6 billion people do not have access to basic sanitation. Studies also indicate about 1.5 million children under the age of five die each year and 443 million school days are lost because of water- and sanitation-related diseases.

Although the resolution is non-binding and has no legal standing, its inclusion in the UN's declaration on human rights is widely seen as an important political step for the issue. And in a clause that appeared to put the onus of rectifying the situation on rich countries, it called on states and international organizations to "scale up efforts" to provide drinking water and sanitation for all. Read the full text of resolution 64/L.63/Rev.1

Third Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (APMCHUD)

Implementation Plan for Water and Sanitation

24 June 2010 –The Third Asia Pacific Ministers Conference on Housing and Urban Development had included Water and Sanitation as an important Agenda for consideration both during the High Level Officials Segment as well as during the Ministerial Segment. UN-HABITAT had earlier prepared and circulated a background paper for consideration by all the delegates and particularly during the Working Group 3 on the MDG for Drinking Water and Sanitation. During the Working Group Session on Water and Sanitation, several case studies were presented particularly by Iran and Indonesia for sustainability of Water Management in the Asia pacific Region. At the conclusion of the APMCHUD, an implementation plan was prepared both for the two year period and also for a medium-term up to 2015. This implementation plan also included implementation plan for water and sanitation.
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