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Jungle Drum and ISN announce cooperation to further develop

Jungle Drum and the Swiss-based International Relations and Security Network (ISN) have started to discuss the terms of a cooperation for the improvement and development of the database.

After two years of hard work during which Jungle Drum managed to elaborate a methodology and have a beta version of the database up and running, it was high time to speed up the development process and take things to a new level.

Representatives from Jungle Drum and the ISN have already met several times for discussions in Berlin and Zurich and an official cooperation will commence in 2011. The focus of the partners for the next couple of years will lie with a substantial IT development phase, which is mandatory for a sustainable content expansion in the future.

The International Relations and Security Network (ISN) is an online project of the Center for Security Studies (CSS), at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). It provides the world's leading open access information service for international relations and security professionals and has been working towards the promotion of greater knowledge sharing, learning and collaboration for 16 years now. For more information, see the ISN website.

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Access to Clean Water and Sanitation is Acknowledged as a Human Right by the General Assembly

The United Nations General Assembly declared on July 28th that access to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation represents a fundamental human right for the attainment of adequate living standards.

According to the UN News Centre, the GA voiced deep concerns that approximately 900 million people all around the world lack access to clean drinking water, and called upon Member States and international organizations to provide funding and technology to the underdeveloped and developing countries in their efforts to make clean drinking water and sanitation accessible and affordable to everyone.

122 countries voted in favor of this resolution, 41 abstained and there were no votes against it.

Here you can download the draft resolution on "The human right to water and sanitation". The clauses of the resolution shall also be published on once the final version of the text is publicly available.

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