TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues
29 September 2010
Third World Network
by the South Centre
SOUTH BULLETIN: 27 September 2010 (Issue 50)
The Global Crisis of Water Shortage
This issue of South Bulletin focuses on the growing shortage of water
which has emerged as one of the major crises of our times. A third
of the world's people face water scarcity and by 2025 two-thirds of
people may suffer water stress. This crisis should be at the top
of the global agenda.
Other articles and
documents are on:
WATER IS NOW A HUMAN
RIGHT. The UN General Assembly has recognised access to water
and sanitation as a human right. We write about this, reproduce
the historic UN resolution, and publish the speech that introduced the
CONFIRM THE CLIMATE CRISIS. The floods in Pakistan is the most devastating natural
disaster. A a significant cause was climate change, according
to a senior UN scientist.
HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS
NEEDED ANNUALLY IN CLIMATE FINANCE. The Pakistan floods (losses: $43 billion)
illustrate why developing countries need hundreds of billions of dollars
annually for financing climate actions. This article gives estimates
of the cost of mitigation, adaptation and technology transfer.
WHAT "AMBITION" MEANS IS BLOCKING THE WTO DOHA ROUND. The final speech by the outgoing
Indian Ambassador to the WTO analyses why the Doha Round is in its current impasse.
LESSONS FROM THE
FINANCIAL CRISIS FOR THE WTO'S FINANCIAL SERVICES DISCUSSIONS:
A proposal by China to systematically discuss the financial crisis,
financial services and development issues; and speeches by China
and India on the lessons
of the global financial crisis for finance policy and for the WTO.
We hope this issue
of South Bulletin is useful to you and we look forward to your comments
With best wishes
Executive Director, South Centre and
Editor, South Bulletin
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