News in Brief 22 March 2017 (AM)

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A wastewater treatment facility in Manila, the Philippines. Photo: Danilo Pinzon / World Bank

"Everyone can do their bit" to re-use more wastewater

Everyone around the world "can do their bit" to reduce and re-use wastewater.

That's the key message from the Chair of UN-Water and head of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder on Wednesday.

In a video message marking World Water Day 2017, he said wastewater was a "valuable resource" 80 per cent of which, currently flows back into the ecosystem, polluting the environment.

Mr Ryder said that Sustainable Development Goal 6 on ensuring the availability and management of water for all by 2030, includes a target to halve the proportion of untreated wastewater and increase water recycling.

"Everyone can do their bit, from not putting cooking oils down the plughole, to industries developing ever-cleaner processes. Water is finite, it has to serve the needs of more and more people and we only have one ecosystem from which to draw our water. So let's reduce and re-use more wastewater and help ensure everyone has access to a safe and secure water supply."

Tanganyika province of DRC now an "urgent humanitarian hotspot"

The south-eastern province of Tanganyika in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has become one of "the most urgent humanitarian hotspots" in a country where security is deteriorating overall.

That's the assessment of the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in DRC, Mamadou Diallo, speaking at the end of a high-level visit by UN agencies to the province.

Violence erupted in July last year and has now forced more than 370,000 to leave their homes.

The UN Security Council on Wednesday heard that there was a "growing sense of insecurity and uncertainty" due to violence along ethnic lines between armed groups and government forces.

The delegation to Tanganyika heard that although emergency and healthcare services were being provided by NGOs, other vital needs such as shelter are going unmet.

Former DRC Vice President sentenced to additional year in prison

The former Vice President of DRC, Jean-Pierre Bemba, has been sentenced to an additional year in jail at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for interfering with witnesses.

He was found guilty by the ICC last year of bribery, having already begun an 18-year jail term after being convicted on war crimes charges for offences committed by his forces in the Central African Republic, in the early 2000s.

In addition to the extra year for bribery, Mr Bemba was also fined 300,000 Euros "to be paid to the Court within three months of its decision and thereafter transferred to the Trust Fund for Victims."

His former lead lawyer Aime Kilolo Musamba was also sentenced to two years and six months imprisonment, as well as a 30,000 Euro fine.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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