16th annual Human Development Report will be launched on 9 November

08 Nov 2006

What: Release of the 2006 Human Development Report ‘Beyond scarcity: Power, poverty and the global water crisis’.

When: 13:30, 9 November 2006

Where: The Ankara launch will take place in DSI (General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works) Conference Hall, Yücetepe, Ankara.

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 cooperation 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 (UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (former Finance Minister of Nigeria), President Lula of Brazil, Jimmy Carter (former President of U.S.A.) and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

About Human Development Reports: The Human Development Report (HDR) is an independent report commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (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://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 www.tr.undp.org.