This annual report, coordinated by the Statistics Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), provides a periodic assessment of progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) based on data provided by a large number of international organizations within and outside the United Nations system. The aggregate figures in the report provide an overview of regional progress under the eight goals. Water and sanitation are included in the chapter dedicated to Goal 7.
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At the recent World Water-Tech North America summit, leading water experts and utility CEOs gathered to discuss global water challenges, strategies for fostering innovation and the principal factors that influence investment decisions. If you do business in the water sector, this is the only report you need to gain first-hand insight into the key drivers and barriers to accelerating adoption of energy optimised and climate resilient infrastructure. Key Take-Aways Include: Extremes are the new normal:...
European water policies and human health — Combining reported environmental information
Society depends on the satisfactory and sustainable management of water. Historically, the primary purpose of water treatment was to protect human health, through reducing disease being transmitted through water. Subsequent measures to address environmental concerns have broadened our expectations of what water and waste water treatment should deliver. This report considers three pieces of EU water legislation targeted at particular sectors: the Bathing Water Directive (BWD; EEC, 1976; EC, 2006a), the Drinking...
U.S. EPA approves first enzymatic method for SDWA reporting of nitrate
The US Environmental Protection Agency periodically updates methods laboratories can use for protecting the quality of the nation`s drinking water. The Safe Drinking Water Act office of the EPA published its list of Alternate Test Protocols (ATP) in the Federal Register in July 2016. The list includes NECi Superior Enzymes` enzyme-based nitrate test method. NECi/SE, a small biotechnology firm in Michigan`s Upper Peninsula, applies biotechnology to develop safer methods for measuring the pollutants in our environmen...
What Will be Driving Your Next Sustainability Report?
Sustainability in many automotive supplier companies has grown from a footnote or an appendix in an annual report to a fully developed, comprehensive strategy that drives meaningful business optimization and competitive advantage. The next generation of sustainability initiatives will likely contain increased focus on a vital area – the demands of The Customer. The automotive segment has long been a leader in driving environmental management and standardization, beginning with widespread adoption of ISO...
Investigating the management of unaccounted for water for Lilongwe Water Board, Malawi
Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) is currently unable to meet Lilongwe City's water demand as evidenced by low supply coverage (65%) and intermittent water supply in the city. One of the major challenges is high levels of unaccounted for water (UFW) reported at 37% (2012), higher than the recommended 23% for developing countries. This study, done in Lilongwe City (Areas 15, 18 and 28), investigated water losses and partitioned UFW into real and apparent losses. Data collection involved data logging for pressures and...