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.
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...
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...
Leveraging the capacity of the informal water sector workforce
The global shortage of skilled professionals in the water sector is a major industry challenge, particularly in an era of growing water scarcity and increasing demand for water from agriculture, industry and domestic consumption. As utilities move to improve their performance in water service delivery, to meet the demands of both consumers and sustainable development, a fit for purpose workforce will be critical. The recent United Nations Water World Water Development Report on “Water and Jobs” has...
Ontario Horticulture Research Priority Report 2016
Sector Consultation The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association partnered with Vineland to host a research strategy workshop in November 2014 with the goal of defining the top five research priorities for each crop group. Grower organizations were invited to nominate two representatives to participate on their behalf and a number of researchers from relevant fields were invited to contribute their expertise. The first part of the workshop agenda included a number of short presentations from research and...