This report intends to capture the current state of play of the global water justice movement in order to strengthen struggles for public and community water systems. It emerges amid growing water crises in many regions, which have come to constitute a global crisis. It is based on conversations that took place at the “Our […]
Water is life, but it is also big business. Over the last 20 years activists and scholars have noted an alarming rise in the financialization of water; that is, water, and the infrastructure to manage and deliver it, is made into something that financiers can invest in to make a profit while ignoring the underlying […]
SDG6: Water and sanitation are fundamental services, privatization is not a means of implementation!
The ambition and breadth of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Agenda has been the object of both praise and ridicule. Some have scoffed at the sheer number of initiatives, describing the 17-goal and 169-target plan as the “leave no target behind” agenda. In addition, the global development plan was produced by a range of actors […]
Our Right to Water: Assessing progress five years after the UN recognition of the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation
On July 28, 2010, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a historic resolution recognizing the human rights to water and sanitation as “essential for the full enjoyment of the right to life.” This paper examines what has transpired in the five years since these resolutions were adopted and what remains to be done.
Español This paper examines three national-level strategies championed by social movement coalitions in El Salvador in order to address the freshwater crisis by challenging its systemic causes. These strategies include: a national ban on metal mining, a constitutional amendment recognizing the human right to water, and a general water law that legally establishes social control […]