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David Bowie in Australia: an alien from another planet, singing for this one. David Bowie Is, the celebrated V&A exhibition, finally arrives in Australia this week, after an extensive two-year global tour that’s crisscrossed Europe and North America.

David Bowie in Australia: an alien from another planet, singing for this one

Although its subject won’t be touching down for the event at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne (rumour has it he visited the original London show in disguise in 2013), Bowie’s relationship with Australia will inevitably loom large. The singer first visited Australasian shores at the end of 1978, playing to packed outdoor stadiums in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. Five years later, he emerged from a three-year hiatus to shoot two landmark music videos for MTV with director David Mallet: the politically charged Let’s Dance and the suitably risque China Girl. In 1983, Bowie purchased an apartment in the Kincoppal apartment building in Elizabeth Bay, Sydney, which he did not sell until 1992. The nearby Sebel Hotel played host to the star’s entourage (and the many rock’n’roll parties that ensued). Leonardo DiCaprio dedicates Golden Globe to Indigenous peoples. Accepting his award for Best Actor at the 2016 Golden Globes for his performance in the film The Revenant, the Hollywood star dedicated his award to Indigenous people around the world.

Leonardo DiCaprio dedicates Golden Globe to Indigenous peoples

"I want to share this award with all the First Nations people represented in this film and all the Indigenous communities around the world," DiCaprio said. 'To the Indigenous peoples of the world: it is time we recognise your history' "To the Indigenous peoples of the world: it is time we recognise your history and we protect your Indigenous lands from corporate interests and people who are out there to exploit them," he said. "It is time we heard your voice and protected this planet for future generations.

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Vancouver Gay Pride Parades - an album on Flickr. Ethnic cleansing in the Central African Republic. First gay marriages on steps of Whatcom County Courthouse. Thursday, December 13, 2012 First gay marriages on steps of Whatcom County Courthouse I also like the reflection of background trees in the courthouse windows.

First gay marriages on steps of Whatcom County Courthouse

Whatcom County Courthouse in Bellingham soon after marriage equality went into effect in Washington State. Posted by Robert Ashworth at 3:47 PM. Apartheid Explained. Civil Rights Movement. Why we just can't get enough water. In many parts of the world, withdrawals of water from the world's rivers, lakes and aquifers now exceeds the rate at which nature can replenish flows.

Why we just can't get enough water

Photograph: Chinafotopress/Getty Images Some international conferences can be turgid events during which policy wonks compete to inflict a didactic death by PowerPoint on their audience. But World Water Week is a rare thing: a genuinely useful talkfest. It's where representatives from governments, aid agencies, business, the research community and NGOs come together to share ideas, form partnerships and exchange knowledge. It's the place to be every August if you're struggling to fix a water or river-related problem, or if you have bright ideas that might be helpful to others. This week's hot topic has been the nexus. In a nutshell, the upward trend in global population combined with rapid development in many emerging economies means that demand for food and electricity is sky-rocketing.

Water, health and human rights. Printable version Prepared for World Water Day.

Water, health and human rights

Written by Margret Vidar and Mohamed Ali Mekouar, Legal Office, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). Reviewed by the staff and experts from the Globalization, Cross-Sectoral Policies and Human Rights team (GCP), and the Water, Sanitation, and Health unit (WSH), World Health Organization (WHO).WHO/WSH/WWD/TA.10© 2001–2003, 2002 WHO. United Nations: Human Rights. A school girl at the Sitara School in Kabul pushes her classmate, a double-leg land-mine amputee in a wheelchair.

United Nations: Human Rights

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted on 13 December 2006. UN Photo/Hassan Zakizada UN Bodies General Assembly Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) Documents, press releases, related links. MDG drinking water target being met. More than 3,000 children die daily from diarrhoeal diseases, and 88% of these deaths are due to poor drinking water, lack of sanitation and poor hygiene.

MDG drinking water target being met

So the news from the World Health Organisation and Unicef joint monitoring programme that the world has met the drinking water target of the millennium development goals is very welcome. Since 1990 over 2 billion more people in the world have received access to drinking water. And this progress has not been driven by just big middle-income countries – smaller, less well-endowed countries have also shown the way.

Even in sub-Saharan Africa, where progress towards achieving the target is off-track, 273 million additional people gained access to drinking water since 1990. So, we should raise our hats to the governments, organisations, communities and individuals who put great effort and resources into making this happen. However 783 million people still do not have access to drinking water, this most basic human right.