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Water as Human Right Threatens to Split World Body

Posted on July 15, 2010  Tagged with: ,
Jul 152010

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 15, 2010 (IPS) – A long outstanding proposal to recognise the right to water as a basic universal human right is threatening to split the world’s rich and poor nations. Opposition to the proposal is coming mostly from Western nations, says Maude Barlow, a global water advocate and a founder of the […]

Jul 132010

On June 17, Pablo Solon, the Bolivian ambassador to the United Nations, presented a draft resolution declaring the human right to “available, safe, acceptable, accessible and affordable water and sanitation” to a closed-door consultation at the UN General Assembly that will be dealt with over the next several weeks. This is the first time the […]

Securing the right to water in Bolivia

Posted on March 23, 2010  Tagged with: ,
Mar 232010

Clean and affordable water is a basic human right, but right now, citizens in El Alto, Bolivia are struggling to regain control of their local water supply from multinational corporate giant, Suez. As a condition for a World Bank loan, the public water system in El Alto was privatized in 1997. Eight years later, despite […]

Mar 232010

From March 14 to 19th, we, human beings with a holistic vision of life, activists from social movements, non-governmental organizations, and networks that struggle throughout the world in the defense of water and territory and for the commons, have shared ideas, struggles, worries and proposals. At the same time we have realized how our struggles […]


Companeros and Companeras, First, I am honoured to be here and send congratulations to the people of Colombia and the key organizations which are working on this campaign on your historic water referendum. I am also humbled to be able to be asked to speak in support of the critical work of the citizens of […]

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