News in Brief 12 July 2017 (AM)

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A woman carries jerrycans of water from a municipal water pipe off a main road at the outskirts of their illegal slum dwelling area called Chandmari Juggi in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Photo: UNICEF/Prashanth Vishwanath

More than 2 billion people lack access to safe drinking water, UN warns

Around 2.1 billion people worldwide lack access to "safe, readily available" water at home and more than twice as many are lacking safe sanitation.

That's according to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF.

Furthermore, many homes, healthcare facilities and schools also still lack soap and water for handwashing.

As a result, every year, 361,000 children under-five, die due to diarrhoea.

Poor sanitation and contaminated water are also linked to transmission of diseases such as cholera, dysentery, hepatitis A, and typhoid.

Safe water, effective sanitation and hygiene are critical to the health of every child and every community, UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake said

21 news sites added to UN World Heritage List

Twenty-one new sites have been inscribed on the UN World Heritage List, bringing the total number of sites to a little over a thousand.

The announcement was made by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO at the closing of the 41st annual World Heritage Committee session in Krakow, Poland.

The Committee meets once a year to decide which cultural and natural sites of "outstanding universal value" go on the World Heritage List as well as those in need of protection.

Angola and Eritrea saw their first sites join the List this year.

Meanwhile, the Committee added the Historic Centre of Vienna to the List of World Heritage in Danger last week and removed three other sites.

WFP to continue to meet immediate needs of Mosul displaced

The UN food agency, WFP, said on Wednesday that it will continue to meet the immediate needs of people affected by the conflict in Mosul, Iraq until they can safely return home.

The agency has been on the ground, providing a "consistent lifeline" of food assistance to affected people, since military operations began last October to retake the city from ISIL fighters.

Although the battle for Mosul is over, WFP noted, extensive damage has left thousands of displaced families with nothing to return to and in continued need of emergency food assistance to survive.

"While we have done our best to support those who arrived to camps weak and hungry, our hearts go out to the thousands of people who lost their lives, said Sally Haydock, World Food Programme (WFP) Representative and Country Director in Iraq.

WFP said it was ready to support people who could be displaced from areas such as Hawija, Tel Afar and western Anbar where violence continues.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration: 2’41″

 

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