Water is scarce, now what?

Let’s talk about water. Chances are you don’t think about it a lot, and why would you? You open the tap and voilá, you can effortlessly get as much water as you like. For many people in the world, however, this is not the case. The UN estimates that 1 in 6 people in the world struggle to obtain enough water for bare necessities on a daily basis, and the growing political, economic and ecological instability across the globe threatens the water supply for millions of people. Similarly, while water scarcity has long been considered a problem of the lesserdeveloped countries, the recent droughts in California have caused many in the developed world to reconsider the value of their seemingly secure access to water. The Hague, as the City of Peace and Justice, with its vast amount of international organisations and institutions, is at the forefront of the global initiative to fight for the human right of safe access to water.

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As the world turns

Maps. Where would we be without them? While over the past decade, the old-fashioned paper map has slowly been made redundant with the rise of mobile phones, satnavs and Google maps, they still shape our understanding of our proportionality and place in the world, and often find a place in our homes as decorative wall art. Even if you’re no map enthusiast, chances are that, if you try to visualise the location of a given country, you will see a more or less accurate image of the world before your eyes. Or is it really that accurate?

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