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Food Force: The First Humanitarian Video Game Updated and Free to Download

The World Food Program’s (WPG’s) video game Food Force invites children, and people of all ages, to complete six virtual missions that reflect real-life obstacles faced by WFP in its emergency responses both to the tsunami and other hunger crises around the world.

 


Britain to Help Carter Center Secure Worldwide Eradication of Worm Disease

In London on October 5, 2011, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter addressed an audience of international journalists and partners to announce that the Carter Center-led global campaign to eradicate Guinea worm disease has entered its final stage to end this gruesome waterborne parasitic infection. “The poorest, most isolated, most neglected, quite often, the most hopeless people, on earth…now have new hope that their future will be free of this dreaded disease,” said President Carter.


U. S. Environmental Protection Agency to Provide Nearly $2 Million to Revitalize U.S. Urban Waters

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on 7 December 2011 announced it will provide up to $1.8 million for projects across the country to protect Americans’ health and help restore urban waters by improving water quality and supporting community revitalization. The funding is part of EPA’s Urban Waters program, which supports communities in their efforts to access, improve and benefit from their urban waters and the surrounding land. Urban waters are canals, rivers, lakes, wetlands, aquifers, estuaries, bays and oceans.


Water and Sanitation Related Diseases and the Environment: Challenges, Interventions and Preventive Measures

The drought and famine once again blighting the Horn of Africa brings with it an unwelcome reminder that for all of mankind’s achievements we are yet to eradicate the scourge of poverty or to provide clean water, sanitation or basic health care for the world’s most desperate people.


Mobile Phone Innovation to Test Water Quality Wins Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Alison Bick has developed a low-cost portable method to test water quality using a mobile phone.


Scientist Receives 2011 Stockholm Water Prize for Work to Save Lakes

Stephen R. Carpenter, Professor of Zoology and Limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, received the 2011 Stockholm Water Prize by H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden for his groundbreaking research that showed how lake ecosystems are affected by the surrounding landscape and human activities.


World Water Week Opens with Global Leaders Calling for Green Investments to Secure Water for Future Cities

Global leaders convening at the opening session of the 2011 World Water Week in Stockholm called for increased investments in disaster-resilient infrastructure and smarter water management to avoid droughts, floods and pollution from further threatening the food, energy, and water security in a rapidly urbanizing world.


At World Water Week UN-HABITAT Calls for Planning for Sustainable Urban Futures

Providing basic facilities, including water and sanitation, but also transport and housing, in increasingly condensed urban areas will be one of the major challenges facing the world in the coming years


Country-Led Service Delivery a Key to Water and Sanitation Access in Africa Says Report

According to a new report released today by the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) at the World Bank, African countries that transition to taking a leadership role in safe water and sanitation service delivery to the millions of people without access have an unprecedented opportunity to drastically reduce these numbers by 2015.


UN Redoubles Efforts to Close Sanitation Gap

In a bid to improve the health and well-being of millions of people worldwide, the United Nations on 21 June 2011 launched a major push to accelerate progress towards the goal of halving, by 2015, the proportion of the population without access to basic sanitation.


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