Privatization and Corporate Influence
Around the world, private companies and free market ideologies are threatening to increase water disparity, further impoverish the water poor, and entrench continued abuse of our natural water systems. These powerful influences can be seen at the United Nations, the World Water Forums, and in national and local governments.
The World Water Forum (WWF) claims to be a democratic, multi-stakeholder platform for governments, civil society, academics and industry on global water issues, but past forums have shown that in fact, they are dominated by a handful of multinational food and water corporations with a strong agenda of privatization and corporate control of water. Forums are held every three years, with the last one held in Marseilles, France in March 2012.
Maude Barlow speaks about the World Water Forum and the history of the alternative water forums.