Since 2013, the Blue Planet Project has been working with allies to challenge strategies aimed at facilitating the corporate takeover of water through the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

A new report on private sector involvement in the implementation of the sustainable development goal on water was launched today by Public Services International (PSI) and the Blue Planet Project in collaboration with the NGO Mining Working Group and the German NGO Forum on Environment and Development. The report titled “Privatization is not a Means of Implementation for SDG 6” warns that the vision championed by the World Bank and other international financial institutions threatens to deepen social and economic injustices rather than combat them.

The launch of the report coincides with the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) taking place at the United Nations General Assembly from July 9 – 18 bringing heads of states and government ministers together with UN agencies and civil society groups to examine progress on the sustainable development goals. This year’s theme, Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies, includes a review of progress made by member states on the goal of ensuring “availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”.

Yesterday, key messages from the new report were highlighted by PSI Secretary Rosa Pavanelli who took the floor at the UN HLPF. She noted:

The push for greater private sector involvement in the implementation of SDG 6, ?ies in the face of growing evidence that the privatization of water and sanitation has been detrimental, especially to the most marginalized and vulnerable communities in the world and that corporations tend to use monopoly power to generate excessive profits.

Her full speech is available at:

The full report can be downloaded here:

Once again this year, the Blue Planet Project also contributed content for the Spotlight on Sustainable Development – a yearly report published by civil society groups including the Global Policy Forum, the Third World Network, the Centre for Economic and Social Rights and others, which provides an alternative and critical perspective on SDG progress.

The full report can be downloaded here:

The chapter on water by the Blue Planet Project and the Transnational Institute is available at:







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