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March 16-22, Mexico City. One and a half billion people across the world lack drinking water and another two billion lack clean water generally. In 20 years' time these numbers will have doubled. Agricultural and industrial pollution is degrading the quality of fresh water supplies everywhere.

Yet the biggest threat to universal access to clean water and adequate sanitation is not mother nature but corporate globalization.

As part of the Rallies in the Defense of Water, COMDA, together with international organizations, is organizing the International Forum in the Defense of Water from the 17th to the 19th of March in the Sindicato de Telefonistas de la República Mexicana (Villalongín 50, Col. Cuauhtémoc).

March 8, 2006. There is not a single country in the world today where women have the same opportunities as men, and although progress has been made in some areas in recent years, women are still disadvantaged in economic and political life.

More than 25 civil society organisations from Latin America participated in the programme on economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) organised by Social Watch and Dignity International and held in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay from 7 to 15 November 2005.

The Polycentric World Social Forum 2006 will be held in Bamako (Malí) and in Caracas (Venezuela) in January 2006. The WSF in Karachi (Pakistan) was postponed.

Social Watch will hold the following activities in the II Foro Social de las Américas and VI Polycentric World Social Forum to be held in Caracas, Venezuela, from January 24 to 29, 2006.

Endorsed by 28 organizations, the German Social Watch Report 2005 was launched in Bonn last October 21.

Several NGOs attending the Hong Kong Ministerial are taking the initiative of a joint NGO statement expressing our concerns about the negotiations in which the developed countries are intent on piling pressure on developing countries to accept extreme liberalization policies. The current proposals of developed countries particularly on NAMA, Services and Agriculture, do not have development content and are in fact anti-developmental.

Jens Martens (Global Policy Forum Europe, Germany) explores which topics will define the development agenda in the coming years and where public pressure and critical monitoring by civil society is particularly necessary.

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