Refining the UN’s Approach to the Water-Security Nexus

December 03, 2018

In many ongoing armed conflicts, water has been used as a weapon of war, but it can also be a strong instrument of peace. Today, the world is increasingly aware of the dramatic meaning of water. Water stress and water-related disasters are among the main consequences of global warming and have...

Water, Energy and Food Security is More Complex Than You Think

June 29, 2016

Over-reliance on technological innovation means insufficient consideration given to how societies can change and function on limited natural resources. The total global population is increasing and is expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, with an estimated 70% living in towns and cities. These...

In This Country, People Are Withdrawing Water From ATMs

June 24, 2016

The Philippine government is applying new solutions to water shortages in affected regions. In the eastern Pangasinan region of the Philippines, clean and safe water is a scarce commodity. In order to alleviate water shortages, the government has set up an Automatic Tubig Machine (ATM) scheme,...

Do You Know Where Water Comes From?

May 08, 2016

In this guest edition of The Interview, Vivian Zhong talks to Renee Robins, the executive director of J-WAFS. From contaminated drinking water in India to urban food deserts in the United States, the challenges to providing clean water and food for the people of this world are numerous and...

Water as a Strategy of War

April 26, 2016

In times of war, lack of access to safe water can kill as many people as bombing.  Inequality in the distribution of water resources and risks of shortage are contributing causes of tension and conflict between states. The conflict in Darfur, characterized by rivalry between local communities...

Water Security in the Nile Basin

March 12, 2016

Cooperation is key in sharing the resources of the world’s longest river. The Nile is the longest river in the world, flowing for more than 6,660 kilometers from its origins in the hills of Burundi and Rwanda to the Mediterranean Sea. The river consists of two distinct basins: the White Nile...

Access to Safe Drinking Water: Challenges and Opportunities for Improving Global Health

March 12, 2016

In developing countries, women and girls spend an estimated 40 billion hours a year collecting water. Since humans established permanent settlements and systems of agriculture, efforts to develop water supplies and waste management for the successful maintenance and growth of societies have been...

Water Wars: Is It Just a Mirage?

September 16, 2013

Water scarcity is a key threat to world peace. Within the last decade, climate change has become a hotly debated topic. Many people struggle to imagine what the effects of climate change will be and whether the danger is real. At the heart of climate change, however, there are some very real and...