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Water for sustainable urban human settlements

Source(s):  UN-Water
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - Headquarters (UNESCO)
United Nations Human Settlements Programme - Headquarters (UN-HABITAT)

Messages for urban mayors, leaders and high-level decision makers:

This briefing note addresses the main water problems affecting the sustainability of human settlements in different regions: the lack of access to water and sanitation, and increasing water-related disasters such as floods, droughts, tsunamis, windstorms, landslides, storm-surges, waterborne diseases and epidemics. It calls for the development of well-functioning forecasting and warning systems (FWS) as a prerequisite for communities' disaster preparedness and adaptation, and the promotion of water-related disaster risk management with community participation in order to adapt to possible increased risks due to climate change.

  • Water for sustainable urban human settlements
  • Publication date 2010
  • Number of pages 8 p.

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