Power, Poverty and the Global Water Crisis

January 26, 2007 at 5:25 am Leave a comment

The United Nations Development Program has issued it’s 2006 Human Development Report. Titled “Beyond Scarcity: Power, Poverty and the Global Water Crisis”, it details the conditions that water issues create around the world. According to the UNDP nearly 2 million children die each year due to a lack of clean water and sanitation, and “water-borne infectious diseases are holding back poverty reduction and economic growth in some of the world’s poorest countries.” Competition for water is intesifying and the ecological systems that support it are being depleted. River flows are declining and groundwater is being depleted. Conflicts and political tensions over water will only increase.

The 440 page report available for download “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, and looks at the scope for international cooperation to resolve cross-border tensions in water management.”


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