INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE

Due to its vast reach,  unparalleled popularity and foundation of positive values, sport is ideally  positioned to contribute towards the United Nations’ objectives for  development and peace. In  the Declaration of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sport’s role for social  progress is further acknowledged:

"Sport is also an important enabler of sustainable  development. We recognize the growing contribution of sport to the realization of development and peace in its promotion of  tolerance and respect and the contributions it makes to the empowerment of  women and of young people, individuals and communities as well as to health,  education and social inclusion objectives."

To raise awareness of this potential,  6 April was declared as the International Day of Sport for Development and  Peace (IDSDP) by the UN General Assembly. The adoption of this Day signifies  the increasing recognition by the United Nations of the positive influence that  sport can have on the advancement of human rights, and social and economic  development.

In its Resolution (A/RES/67/296) establishing the Day, the  General Assembly “invites States, the United Nations system and, in  particular, the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace,  relevant international organizations, and international, regional and national  sport organisations, civil society including, non-governmental organizations  and the private sector, and all other relevant stakeholders to cooperate,  observe and raise awareness of the International Day of Sport for Development  and Peace.”

WORLD WATER DAY 2017

 

Water is the essential building block of life. But it is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health; water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development.

Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water.

2017 Theme: Why Wastewater?

This year, we focus on wastewater and ways to reduce and reuse as over 80% of all the wastewater from our homes, cities, industry and agriculture flows back to nature polluting the environment and losing valuable nutrients and other recoverable materials.

We need to improve the collection and treatment of wastewater and safely reuse it. At the same time, we need to reduce the quantity and pollution load of wastewater we produce, to help protect the environment and our water resources.

Sustainable Development Goal 6 – ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030 - includes a target to halve the proportion of untreated wastewater and increase water recycling and safe reuse.

FACTS:

  • Globally, over 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused. (Sato et al, 2013)
  • 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio. Unsafe water, poor sanitation and hygiene cause around 842,000 deaths each year. (WHO/UNICEF 2014/WHO 2014)
  • The opportunities from exploiting wastewater as a resource are enormous. Safely managed wastewater is an affordable and sustainable source of water, energy, nutrients and other recoverable materials

PADES will contribute through RENEWAL Project to establish a database on African water legislation in order to promote water security and achieve the SDG6.

RENEWAL PROJECT FOR WATER SECURITY IN AFRICA

Research and Evaluation of Nexuses of the Exploitation of Water in African Law.

Having a strong system of water laws will accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ensure the longevity of advancements.

RENEWAL will create a database of the laws directly managing water resources as well as those laws impacting water resource management and protection. This includes examining the application and enforcement of written laws. The database will be accompanied by an impartial analysis of how the systems of laws, regulations, judicial interpretations and related policies work together to manage water resources.

Once completed, the Center for Water Secutity and Cooperation(CWSC) in partnership with local stakeholders will evaluate the effectiveness of the water law framework, identifying strengths, shortcomings, gaps and inconsistencies to chart out a clear plan for how to better advance water security.

Five countries are involved in RENEWAL: Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Sudan, South Africa and Kenya.

RENEWAL will be implemented in Côte d’Ivoire by PADES in partnership with the Center for Water Security and Cooperation, headquartered in Washington, DC.

Crédit photo:Mercycorps

 

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FOREST

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests (IDF) in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests. The theme for 2017 is Forests and Energy.  

                      

DOING BUSINESS REPORT 2017

Doing Business 2017: Equal Opportunity for All finds that entrepreneurs in 137 economies saw improvements in their local regulatory framework last year. Between June 2015 and June 2016, the report, which measures 190 economies worldwide, documented 283 business reforms. Reforms reducing the complexity and cost of regulatory processes in the area of starting a business were the most common in 2015/16, as in the previous year. The next most common reforms were in the areas of paying taxes, getting credit and trading across borders

The first country is New Zealand and the latest is Somalia.

Congratulations to Rwanda classified 56th before South Africa (74th) and China (78th).

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