Media Briefing 2006 Human Development Report (HDR) Launch
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Department of Foreign Affairs
will brief the media on the global launch in Cape Town, South Africa, of the 2006
Human Development report entitled, 'Beyond Scarcity: Power, poverty and the global
Main author of the report, Kevin Watkins, will attend the
Date: Wednesday, 8 November 2006
Venue: Imbizo Media Centre (Parliamentary media room)
120 Plein Street, Cape Town, South Africa
Cell: 082 210 3157
Elion von Wielligh
Cell: 082 469 1919
Cell: 084 996 4048
2006 Human Development Report:
scarcity: Power, poverty and the global water crisis"
In a world of
unprecedented wealth almost 2 million children die each year for want of a glass
of clean water and a toilet. Beyond the household, competition for water for production
intensifies, while the environment and the rural poor lose out. Debunking the
myth that the global water crisis is the result of scarcity, the 2006 Human Development
Report argues that poverty, power and inequality are at the heart of the problem.
The report offers fresh new data on how many poor people go without water
and sanitation, the inequality of access within and between nations and on what
clean water really means for child survival rates. It argues for a concerted drive
to achieve water and sanitation for all through national strategies and proposes
models of co-operation to resolve cross-border tensions in water management.
Human Development Report continues to frame debates on some of the most pressing
challenges facing humanity. Kevin Watkins is the Lead Author of the 2006 report,
which includes special contributions from Gordon Brown, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, President
Lula, President Carter and United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
HDR: The Human Development Report is an independent report commissioned by the
UNDP. The Report is translated into more than a dozen languages and launched in
more than 100 countries annually. Further information can be found at http://www.hdr.undp.org.
About UNDP: UNDP is the UN's global network to help people meet their development
needs and build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working
as a trusted partner with governments, civil society and the private sector to
help them build their own solutions to global and national development challenges.
Further information can be found at http://www.undp.org.
Department of Foreign Affairs
30 October 2006