Focusing on the global water crisis, the Human Development Report 2006 takes up a subject which for several years has been widely and hotly debated. Thus, it is difficult to say something really new – but with its focus on equity issues and the situation of the poor the Human Development Report is markedly different from comparable reports, for example by the World Bank. A first assessment by Uwe Hoering.
The Report broadly consists of two parts or ”distinct themes“: the first three chapters deal with ”water for life“, covering the crisis in water and sanitation, water for human consumption, and the vast deficit in sanitation - the latter being an issue which in spite of its tremendous relevance is neglected in most other publications on the water crisis ... ... this article has been published in our Issue 4 and can be accessed online by subscribers. Please log in >>> here.
At first glance, everyday life seems not to have changed in Istanbul. The streets are congested; people hurry to the ferry or the bus. For weeks, there has been no terror attack. Nevertheless, there are some visible changes. There are much more policemen in the streets. In some days, the Istiklal Caddesi, the main shopping street on the European side, seems to be under a state of siege. At every street corner, there is police van with the blue light switched on.
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The global deficit in quality jobs and deteriorating economic conditions in a number of regions threatens to undo decades of progress in poverty reduction, warns a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Employment and Social Outlook (WESO) 2016.
Weakening of workers' rights in most regions is being aggravated by severe crackdowns on freedom of speech and assembly, according to the 2016 Global Rights Index. Restrictions on freedom of speech and assembly, including severe crackdowns in some countries, increased by 22%, with 50 out of 141 countries surveyed recording restrictions.