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News, Publications & Announcements - Water Resources

April 2013
STATE OF THE WORLD'S LAND AND WATER RESOURCES FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
Managing systems at risk.

By 2050, food production is projected to increase by about 70 percent globally and nearly 100 percent in developing countries. This incremental demand for food, together with demand from other competing uses, will place unprecedented pressure on many agricultural production systems across the world. These 'systems at risk' are facing growing competition for land and water resources and they are often constrained by unsustainable agricultural practices. They therefore require particular attention and specific remedial action. The first ever State of the World's Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture is now available electronically in English, with other language versions to follow soon. A major objective of this publication is to build awareness of the status of land and water resources, and inform on related opportunities and challenges.

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April 2013
Water Security & the Global Water Agenda
A UN-Water Analytical Brief

This Brief offers a working definition of water security developed from contributions made by the broad range of organizations, agencies, programmes and institutions that form UN-Water. Through this Brief, UN-Water aims to capture the constantly evolving dimensions of water-related issues, offering a holistic outlook on challenges under the umbrella of water security. It highlights the main challenges to be addressed, the role water security plays in policy agendas, and possible options for addressing water security challenges.

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March 2013
UN lays foundations for more drought resilient societies
Meeting urges disaster risk reduction instead of crisis management

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March 2013
United Nations launches concerted push for effective drought policies
Need to focus on building resilience and reducing risks

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August 2012
Recurring droughts highlight need to better manage water resources, safeguard food security
New FAO framework launched

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