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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Decent work for all

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Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

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Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

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What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

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Voices Against Water Corporatization Loudly Heard in the People’s Global Camp (PGC) PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 December 2013 05:23

 

Voices Against Water Corporatization Loudly Heard in the People’s Global Camp (PGC)

Bali, Indonesia - Civil society organizations, youth, peasants, unions and other grassroots organizations around the world joined forces in the recently held People’s Global Camp (PGC) from December 3-6, 2013 to demand a total junk of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in parallel with its ongoing 9th Ministerial Meeting.

Organized by the Indonesian People’s Alliance (IPA), the PGC aims to consolidate people’s collective response against the WTO by providing a space to various grassroots organizations to exchange experiences, learn and plan actions that are seen significant to promote national sovereignty and insist alternatives to the current trade regime. Workshops and fora were conducted to directly expose and oppose WTO policies in migration, women, indigenous people, agriculture and water to name a few. Water for the People Network (WPN), one of the organizations which conducted their self-organized activities, gave emphasis on water resources’ privatization leading to treatment of water as a commodity being traded in the market.

Speakers from Bangladesh, the Philippines and Pakistan were able to show how water resources’ privatization affects families and communities in their countries. Wali Haider of Roots for Equity emphasized the kinds of water problems prevalent in Pakistan. These include the water used for agricultural purposes, inaccessibility to safe drinking water, and the construction of dams and commodification of water. At present, natural resources are tradable and access to it is largely premised on the people’s capacity to pay.  He also elaborated on the construction of dams and the displacement of the fishing communities around it and concluded with a strong call on resisting water corporatization and the plunder of natural resources.

In addition, Sonny Africa of Water for the People Network (WPN), shared the history of water privatization case in the Philippines. He started by pointing out how water is treated as a commodity and how it allows companies to profit. Manila’s water privatization is the biggest privatization case in the world. It is in this premise when he added that corporatizations owning the water services in Manila are successful in profiting millions out of their “water industry”. He concluded by saying that “Water is a human right and a public service which should be owned and controlled publicly”.

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Water for the People Network's Invitation to People's Global Camp (PGC) in Bali, Indonesia PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 November 2013 08:11

 
Water sector stakeholders nationwide vow to oppose privatization PDF Print E-mail
Written by IBON National   
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 06:01

Water district unions from Luzon, Vizayas and Mindanao and consumers, as well as representatives from peasants, workers, indigenous people, fisherfolk, women and environment advocates came together last November to hold a national anti-water privatization assembly.

 

Attended by over 120 delegates, the "Water is Life" national conference was aimed at opposing ongoing efforts to further privatize the water sector, such as pending bills at the Senate and Congress such as the Senate Bill (SB) 2997. Also known as the Water Sector Reform Act of 2012, the bill outlines the privatization of water through public-private partnerships (PPPs), which consumers and water district employees say will create monopolies in the merging of water districts, and lay-off thousands of water utilities employees.

 

Spearheaded by the Water Systems Employees Response (WATER), Water is Life, Solidarity Opposed to Privatization Alliance (STOP) and the Water for the People Network (WPN), the conference was held at the UP College of Social Work and Community Development.

 

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Water district employees, consumer groups unite vs Senate Bill 2997, water privatization PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 November 2012 00:00

Employees of water districts and water supply providers, together with consumer groups and water advocates gathered in an assembly today to express opposition on the ongoing efforts to privatize the water sector. These privatization efforts include Senate Bill (SB) 2997, authored by Sen. Edgardo Angara and identified as a priority bill by Malacanang.

 

The assembly, which gathered water stakeholders and members of the Water for the People Network (WPN), including its member federation Water System Employees Response (WATER), expressed its protest on the ‘Angara Bill’. Sen. Angara filed SB 2997 or the Water Sector Reform Bill in 2011, claiming that water districts should be “more friendly to private investment”, and that the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) and local government units (LGUs) should open up to the private sector through joint ventures. SB 2997 also intends to create new bodies to administer water distribution.

 

According to WPN, the bill will facilitate the further privatization of water services in the country by empowering local water supply and sanitation companies to enter into private-public partnership (PPP) arrangements such as management contracts, concession agreements and other build-operate-transfer deals. This, they argued, will only result in more expensive water rates at the expense of poor consumers.

 

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Heed lessons of MWSS privatization, policy makers urged PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 November 2012 00:00

The country’s policy makers seem oblivious to the harmful impact of the water privatization in Metro Manila, as they continue to push for legislations that will encourage the sale of water service providers nationwide.

 

According to the national campaign alliance Water for the People Network (WPN), the Senate Bill (SB) 2997 is leading the ongoing moves to privatize water districts and local water providers nationwide. If approved, the people’s access to water would likely worsen, similar to the effect of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) privatization in 1997.

 

Since the sale of MWSS, water rates in Metro Manila have increased up by 564% to more than 1,000 percent. During the same period (1997-2012), water districts around the country have increased rates by 134% for those consuming 11-20 cubic meters. These rates could increase more sharply if water districts were privatized like what SB 2997 envisions.

 

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Invitation to promote children's water rights in Brussels at the European Parliament PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 12 November 2012 08:25

"Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness, which is equivalent to the rate of a jumbo jet crashing every four hours."--UNICEF

 

Water for the People Network and IBON-Europe will be participating at the "Sacred Visions of Water: Stopping Violence Against Children" on November 19, 2012 from 10am to 1pm in the European Parliament at Brussels. This event will be launched by Religions for Peace and the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children. The said event is an opportunity for respective communities to demonstrate how we value water and the ways by which children's rights are affected when this human right is not fully realized. The three-hour celebration will include various events on these interrelated topics and will be led by children and young people, as well as religious leaders and women.

 

invitation for child's rights and rtw EU event

 
Water for All: National Level Consultation on India's National Water Policy PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 12 November 2012 08:06

Vishwa Yuvak Kendra, New Delhi

November 21-22, 2012

 

The Union Ministry of Water Resources has uploaded the revised draft of the new National Water Policy on its website in June 2012. None of the policy frameworks (the first policy in 1987, the second policy in 2002 and the 2012 policy in draft status) are greatly different from each other. The revised draft has brought in a few positive changes and needs to be commended for that. However, there are a few concerns that need to be improved upon or changed.

 

While there is a need to intensely debate on the present draft to provide positive feedback and solutions for a holistic and equitable policy that is also pro-environment, there is a need also to deliberate upon how effective were the two previous policies to meet the overall water requirement of the nation and what areas have been neglected or were negatively influenced due to the implementation of the previous policies. This learning will help us to provide practical inputs on the lines of sustainability and equity of access.

 

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