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Natural resources committee calls for global water plan - UN Committee on Natural Resources second session, Feb 22-Mar 4, 1994 addresses water management and sustenance if mineral resources.
UN Chronicle. 1994 Jun; 31(2): p..A worldwide plan to avert an impending global water crisis was called for by the Committee on Natural Resources at its second session (22 February-4 March, New York). The strategy should define specific areas of priority to diminish significantly by the year 2010 the threat to freshwater resources, the 24-member expert body said in asking the UN Commission on Sustainable Development to undertake that task. "Water shortages are becoming a common occurrence in industrialized and developing countries alike", stated a report examined by the Committee. "The world may be reaching a water crisis situation of global proportions." The Committee also asked Governments to establish a dynamic and multisectoral approach to water resources management, including assessing and protecting potential sources of freshwater. As for mineral resources--another major concern--the Committee wanted the Commission to forge a dialogue between the UN system and the international mining industry to develop new approaches to ensure a sustainable supply of mineral resources. Workshops on mineral resource assessment projects were recommended. A report was asked on key advances in state-of-the-art technologies to minimize environmental degradation resulting from mining and related processing. (excerpt)
Promotion of women's participation in water resources development. Report of the seminar, Bamako, Mali 14-18 November 1988.
New York, New York, United Nations, 1990. iv, 63 p. (Natural Resources Water Series No. 25; ST/TCD/16)This report presents the conclusions and recommendations of the Mali and UN Department of Technical Cooperation for Development's 1988 Seminar on Promotion of Women's Participation in Water Resources Development. The seminar was the first one on women and water supplies held in French-speaking Africa. The seminar reviewed new approaches, women's participation in the operation and maintenance of water supply and sanitation facilities, self-financing of water projects, and measures to improve water quality. Over 80 participants from 20 French-speaking African countries and other developing regions, donor countries, and nongovernmental and international organizations participated. Women living in Sahelian countries were of particular concern because of water shortages and their impact on women. Chapters focus on the opening and closing of the meetings, summaries of general problems, problem analysis and solutions, recommendations and summaries of presentations. The appendices include a list of participants and observers and UN publications on water resources. The participation of communities and women must be pursued despite economic crises. Obstacles include increased population, drought, persistent water control problems in zones of the Sudan-Sahel, lack of water management in humid areas, and the need to increase the supply of water for household production and use. Water quality and its monitoring are needed. Technologies must be suitable to the solution of the problem. Approaches should enable the local population to solve its own problems, (e.g., with basic, locally produced technologies).