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Civil society groups from around the world are increasingly raising their voices for an immediate cease-fire. The Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), the regional focal point of Social Watch in the Arab world, has issued from Beirut the following updates on the situation.

CDES, COHRE, Dignity International, Equipo Pueblo y Social Watch are pleased to announce that the application procedure to the second Linking & Learning Programme on ESC Rights for the Latin America Region that will take place in Quito, Ecuador, from 2 to 10 November 2006 is now open. A limited number of full and partial scholarships can be made available.

Today, July 30th, another massacre was committed in Lebanon: More than sixty civilians, among them 37 children, were killed by Israeli bombs while they were sleeping in shelters in the village of Qana. They died not very far away from the mass grave holding the bodies of 106 civilians burned by a previous Israeli attack in April 1996 inside a shelter provided by a UN battalion.

A number of Lebanese, Arab and international organizations held a meeting on July 15, 2006 to discuss the current situation in Lebanon.

Author: 
John W. Foster

Say STOP to Israeli War on Lebanon

Mr. Roberto Bissio, Social Watch Coordinator (Uruguay) participated at the Sherpa-Stakeholder meeting -within the process of "Civil G8 2006"- held in Moscow last May 18-19.

On May 1st 2006 Areli Sandoval presented at the UN Committee on ESCR in Geneva the Report on behalf of the Promoting Group of the Alternative Report on Economic, Social, Cultural and Enviromental Rights.

See the document prepared by Areli Sandoval Terán for her oral intervention before the ESCR Committee in Geneva last May 1, 2006.

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.

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