Media Briefing 2006 Human Development Report (HDR) Launch

The 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 water crisis.'

Main author of the report, Kevin Watkins, will attend the briefing.

Date: Wednesday, 8 November 2006

Time: 09h30 for 10h00

Venue: Imbizo Media Centre (Parliamentary media room) 120 Plein Street, Cape Town, South Africa


Lopa Banerjee
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Elion von Wielligh
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Xolani Malawana
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2006 Human Development Report:

"Beyond 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.

The 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.

About 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

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

Issued by: Department of Foreign Affairs
30 October 2006

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