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UN's financial crisis I South Africa's water crisis

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Thursday, 07 November 2019

 

Editor's note

The United Nations (UN) could run out of money soon if member states don’t meet their commitments to fund the organisation’s budget. This isn’t new. The challenge of adequate funding can be traced back to the UN’s early years. Gary Wilson explains that, because the majority of the UN’s peacekeeping missions are in Africa, the continent is likely to suffer the most should the UN’s financial challenges continue unabated.

In parts of South Africa taps are running dry, the days are getting hotter and the onset of the summer rains is delayed. Although it’s easy for politicians to blame water shortages on the weather, Mike Muller argues the real crisis is the level of ignorance about how water is made available and what needs to be done to ensure supply.

Julie Masiga

Peace + Security Editor

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