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Last year we watched with cautious optimism as UN chief Ban Ki-moon welcomed the new Sustainable Development Goals, and called upon the world to meet them. Cautious, because we'd been here before. In 2000, the Millennium Development Goals were set – to try to lift people out of poverty, improve their health, protect the environment, and so on.Read More..
A new World Health Organization study estimates nearly one quarter of all annual global deaths – 12.6 million yearly – are from unhealthy environmental causes. The U.N. agency says most of these deaths could be prevented if steps were taken to improve environmental conditions.Read More..
On the eve of World Water Day, UNICEF said the push to bring safe water to millions around the world is going to be even more challenging due to climate change, which threatens both water supply and water safety for millions of children living in drought- or flood-prone areas.Read More..
The global water crisis has become more dire now that climate change is threatening the drinkability of water, even that which comes from reliable sources.New testing procedures have found that 1.8 billion people may be imbibing water contaminated by E.coli, which means there are traces of fecal matter in it, according to UNICEF. And this includes sources that have undergone improvements.Read More..
For most of her 50 years, Rokeya Begum has lived without a toilet in her house – waiting for the curtain of darkness to go out to the fields or the jungles near her village to defecate, come winter, summer, rain or illness. Not any more though.Read More..
Clean water is a luxury for the Dalits of Dhaka. While members of the Bangladeshi capital’s non-Dalit population mostly boil or filter their water, the economically deprived and discriminated Dalits often have to make do with unsafe water sources.Read More..
The government will provide about 50,000 improved latrines to rural poor households in 33 districts to help them improve their sanitation standard, reports UNB.The latrines will be distributed in 383 unions of 97 upazilas under the Bangladesh Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project (BRWSSP)Read More..