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At the beginning of the 21st century, in a world of unprecedented wealth, "every year some 1.8 million children die as a result of diarrhoea and other diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation". So states the 2006 Human Development Report (HDR) launched today; subtitled "Beyond scarcity: power, poverty and the global water crisis" this year's report focuses on the deepening global water crisis.
The HDR was first launched in 1990 with the single goal of putting people back at the center of the development process in terms of economic debate, policy and advocacy. The goal was both massive and simple, with far-ranging implications - going beyond income to assess the level of people’s long-term well-being; bringing about development of the people, by the people and for the people; and emphasizing that the goals of development are choices and freedoms.