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Climate Change and Human Rights

Climate Change and Human RightsAuthor: United Nations Environment Programme

Date: 2015


Climate change is one of the greatest threats to human rights of our generation, posing a serious risk to the fundamental rights to life, health, food and an adequate standard of living of individuals and communities across the world. This report aims to support government and private decision makers by assessing the relationship between climate change and human rights law.

Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Nutrition in Bangladesh: Can Building Toilets Affect Children’s Growth?

Water Sanitation Hygiene and Nutrition inPublished: 2016

Author(s): Mahmud, Iffat Mbuya, Nkosinathi

This report provides a systematic review of the evidence to date, both published and grey literature, on the relationship between water and sanitation and nutrition. We also survey the potential impact of improved water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) on under nutrition. This is the first report that undertakes a thorough review and discussion of WASH and nutrition in Bangladesh. The report is meant to serve two purposes.

First, it synthesizes the results/evidence evolving on the pathway of WASH and under nutrition for use by practitioners working in the nutrition and water and sanitation sectors to stimulate technical discussions and effective collaboration among stakeholders. Second, this report serves as an advocacy tool, primarily for policy makers, to assist them in formulating a multisectoral approach to tackling the under nutrition problem.


“Mahmud, Iffat; Mbuya, Nkosinathi. 2016. Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Nutrition in Bangladesh : Can Building Toilets Affect Children’s Growth?. Washington, DC: World Bank. © World Bank.https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/22800 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”

Resilience Task and Finish Group final report

Published: 1st December, 2015

Kind: Publication

Type: Commissioned report


The Resilience Task and Finish Group was established by Ofwat in early 2015 and is an independent body reporting to Ofwat and seeking to influence the sector more widely. The group considered what resilience means for the wider water sector.

The group aimed to answer the following questions: What is resilience in relation to the provision of water and wastewater services? What do service providers need to consider as they think about how best to provide resilient water and wastewater services? What does Ofwat need to consider as it thinks about how best to regulate the water and wastewater service providers, having regard to its statutory duties, including its new duty on resilience?

The role of forests in a green economy transformation in Africa

The role of forests in a green economyAuthor: Maryanne Grieg-Gran; Steve Bass; Francesca Booker; Mike Day; United Nations Environment Programme; International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED); UN-REDD Programme

Date: 2015


This report explores the role of forests in a green economy transformation in Africa. Its aim is to present policymakers with a strong rationale for linking forests and REDD+ planning with green economy planning and investments. According to UNEP (2012), a green economy ‘results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities’. Africa is achieving high GDP growth rates but still faces challenges to reduce poverty and create sufficient jobs. As Africa’s economies are highly dependent on natural resources, the ability to generate growth in the future and meet wider development priorities will depend on what happens to key resources like forests. For this reason green economy approaches are increasingly relevant to Africa.

Eliminating Discrimination and Inequalities in Access to Water and Sanitation

Eliminating Discrimination and Inequalities in acess to water and sanitationUN-Water released a new policy brief entitled, Eliminating Discrimination and Inequalities in Access to Water and Sanitation. Just weeks after the formal adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the publication represents a timely contribution to the international community as conversations shift from the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals towards the topic of implementation.

At present, nearly 663 million people still live without access to improved drinking water sources, roughly 2.4 billion do not have access to safe sanitation, and nearly 1,000 children under five years old die every day because of water and sanitation-related disease.




Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene March-April 2017 Vol.12 No.2