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  • Namami Gange scheme given Rs 20000 crore budget

    The Indian Cabinet has given its approval to the Government's ambitious Namami Gange programme, the integrated conservation mission for cleaning up the Ganga river, and given it a whopping budget of Rs 20,000 crore for the next five years.

    The programme, being taken up under the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA), will see the Central Government take over 100 per cent funding of various activities or projects being taken up.

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  • Financing, enabling framework must to achieve water SDG: UN

    Countries around the world would need to mobilize adequate funding from all sources - public and private, domestic and international - to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) on water and sanitation, but to attract this finance, they would need to have an enabling environment in place, a UN report released last week has said.

    The basic blocks, or the enabling environment, include regulatory frameworks, policies, adequate human resources capacity and robust monitoring systems.

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  • World leaders, experts sign on roadmap for water security

    World leaders, experts, officials and civil society groups have come up with a roadmap for global water security at the just concluded 7th World Water Forum.

    The roadmap, the first such formal commitment signed at any such Forum, is expected to ensure that all stakeholders take appropriate actions at the local level. The success of the roadmap will be accessed at the next World Water Forum, the 8th in the series, that will take place in Brazil in 2018.

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  • World Water Forum 2015: Korea calls for global collective efforts

    Calling the growing water shortage as a global challenge that necessitates collective efforts of advanced and emerging countries, South Korean President Park Geun-hye hoped that the 7th World Water Forum would help promote global peace by providing solutions to water-related conflicts.

    President Park was of the opinion that linking water routes connecting the two Koreas - South and North -- could also help in easing of tension between the two countries.

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  • World moving towards severe water shortfall, warns UN

    The world could face a 40 per cent shortfall in water supply by 2030, unless the management of the resource is dramatically improved, the United Nations warned in a report released just before the World Water Day on March 22.

    The current water crisis, being felt across several countries, is more due to lack of governance than lack of resource availability, the report said, calling for several inter-linked measures to be taken up urgently to secure water for the future.

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FROM GREECE TO INDIA, PEOPLE SAFEGUARD WATER FOR THE COMMON GOOD

The successes in Greece and Indonesia demonstrate civil society wants to keep water in public hands. And yet the World Bank continues its dogmatic promotion of privatization.

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Degrees of Thirst: The World’s Water Supply

It’s no secret that there is a water crisis in many developing countries around the world. Many people everyday go without clean water. More people have access to a mobile phone than they do to a toilet.

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