GUIUAN, Philippines: The town of Guiuan in the southeast of Samar province is proving to be a rare case of relatively successful disaster management even as blaming and finger pointing threaten to create tension throughout the municipal halls of the Philippine regions affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
Guiuan is located at the base of a thin isthmus that has the Leyte gulf on one side and the Pacific...
New Delhi: Access to improved sanitation can increase cognition in children, according to a new World Bank study that observed India’s efforts to combat open defecation.
Fifty three percent of Indian households, around 600 million people, defecate in the open without using a toilet or latrine, according to a 2012 report by the World Health Organization and UN Children’s Fund.
Sudan remains among the poorest performing countries in terms of access to sanitation and water facilities, UNICEF said in a statement to mark World Toilet Day on Tuesday.
The agency said poor conditions presented a breeding ground for preventable diseases and continued to have devastating consequences on the health and development of children across the country.
UNICEF representative in Sudan...
November 14 marked a milestone in the history of Zaria, Kaduna State in Nigeria, with the launch of its $480 million Water Supply, Expansion and Sanitation Project.
The start-up was launched at the site of the newly built water treatment plant in a ceremony with the Governor of Kaduna State; the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris; Ajisegiri Benson, representative of the Minister for Water...
In a people-friendly initiative, Jammu and Kashmir Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies Minister Nawang Rigzin Jora today launched mobile sanitation vehicles (MSVs) and road sprinkling trucks in Jammu city.
The sanitation vehicles are fully equipped with sanitary equipment and each vehicle has a team of five 'safai karamcharis' to attend to the grievances of the...
The U.N.’s chief climate diplomat on Monday urged the coal industry to diversify toward cleaner energy sources and leave most of the world’s remaining coal reserves in the ground.
On the sidelines of a U.N. climate conference, Christiana Figueres told dozens of CEOs of coal companies meeting at Poland’s Economy Ministry that their industry needs to change radically to curb...
The global fund set up to channel money to developing countries to combat dangerous climate change stands practically empty, with the largest pledge coming from a country that has no obligation to provide money at all.
A report from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) shows that 10 developed countries, mainly European, have contributed a total of $6.9m to the Green...
More can be done to help vulnerable countries adapt to climate change, as well as prepare for and respond to weather-related disasters, according to a new World Bank’s report released yesterday on the sidelines of the United Nations (UN) climate talks in Warsaw.
The government has allocated Rs1.6 billion for projects in Lahore and the committee was briefed at the meeting at the Town Hall on what kind of projects they could propose.
The committee, which includes MNAs and MPAs elected from Lahore, will make sure that the development projects do not focus on any specific area and the funds are distributed evenly around the city, said officials.
Access to sanitation remains a dream for many in Africa with millions still defecating in the open. Illnesses caused by poor sanitation and hygiene are putting a heavy burden on both families and governments in expenses related to health care and absence from work.
The Red Cross Red Crescent recognizes that access to safe water and sanitation, combined with improved hygiene awareness and...
The water and sanitation crisis in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, places millions of residents at risk of waterborne disease, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
Five years after cholera killed over 4,000 people and sickened 100,000 more, the conditions that allowed the epidemic to flourish persist in Harare’s high-density suburbs.
Social inclusion in Peru will be enhanced through a further development of investments with poverty and extreme poverty rates having dropped dramatically due to the implementation of major projects, the National Society of Industries (SNI) has reported.
With the Kingdom’s massive $80 billion investment in infrastructure initiatives — including new seaports, airports, railways and train stations, metro systems, and bus and road systems — new real estate opportunities have been created in the market promising to change the property market landscape in the Kingdom.
UN leader Ban Ki-moon said Saturday a super typhoon that killed thousands in the Philippines was an example of climate change and should serve as a warning to mankind.
Ban was speaking at the Tallin University in Estonia on a tour of several Baltic states before joining a second week of climate talks in Poland.
The UN chief said the world was facing a tipping point, as countries thrash...