Thursday, November 09, 2006

UNDP's Human Development Report 2006

The United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Report 2006 was released today in Cape Town, South Africa. The report, "Beyond scarcity: Power, poverty and the global water crisis":

• Investigates the underlying causes and consequences of a crisis that leaves 1.2 billion people without access to safe water and 2.6 billion without access to sanitation
• Argues for a concerted drive to achieve water and sanitation for all through national strategies and a global plan of action
• Examines the social and economic forces that are driving water shortages and marginalizing the poor in agriculture
• Looks at the scope for international cooperation to resolve cross-border tensions in water management
• Includes special contributions from Gordon Brown and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, President Lula, President Carter, and the UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan.

The full report is available in six language versions with summaries in eight languages.

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For more information on water issues, visit the Government Publications Library subject guide.

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