First commemorated in 1993, the World Water Day is an international observance every 22 March that has raised awareness to the significance of water in our lives. However, increasing investments in nature-based solutions (NBS) for water woes is still below one (1) percent of total investment in water resource management infrastructure. To date, around 3.6 billion people around the world live in areas where water is scarce for at least a month. In addition, some 1.2 billion people live in flood-prone areas.
Nature-based solutions meant the management of existing natural resources such as forests, wetlands, and grasslands, as well as green infrastructure, to ensure safe and clean water while reducing water treatment costs. While there are limits and challenges to these solutions, they help achieve Sustainable Development Goal Number 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation). This goal is also related with other Sustainable Development Goals.
For the first time, the new EROPA website (eropa.co) was ranked in the world's top 0.2% in terms of website popularity. This is a significant improvement when compared to its February 2018 performance, despite earlier forecasts that a domain name change could lessen the number of people being accommodated by our online services. In addition, it currently ranks nationally in the Netherlands, Cambodia, Greece, the Philippines, Japan, India, and Indonesia. The latter four countries are among the largest audience sources for the EROPA website to date. Using the ranking websites Alexa Internet (which ranks only the top 30 million or top 2.5% of live websites) and SimilarWeb, and comparing it with the data provided by Internet Live Stats (which counts the total number of live websites), the EROPA website's popularity has been monitored as EROPA's service range is being improved regularly.
This recent development strengthens EROPA's growing online presence, and the organization's continuing relevance in the digital era. This good pace is expected to be maintained in the near future, considering the 2018 EROPA Conference will take place this September. One can answer our user experience survey in the main page to provide feedback. Reaching further! Moving faster! We are EROPA, the premier organization working towards effective and efficient public service and governance.
Income inequality was sharply reduced in the first half of the twentieth century—more precisely, between the 1920s and the 1970s—in most countries of the world, but it has been on the rise almost everywhere since the late 1970s. This is one of the major findings in the 2018 edition of the World Inequality Report, which is made available in eight languages.
While Asia led the way for global economic growth with 49 percent share of the world income, nations like China remained below the world average income per adult. Also, the share of the top one percent in major Asian economies such as China and India significantly increased since the 1980s--the period wherein they also experienced robust, albeit non-inclusive, economic growth. To date, China's economic elite has 14 percent of national income, and India's economic elite has 22 percent.