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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?

Read more..

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

Read more..

What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

Read more..

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

Read more..

What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

Read more..

Decent work for all

Read more..

Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

Read more..

Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

Read more..

What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

Read more..

Decent work for all

Read more..

Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

Read more..

Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

Read more..

What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

Read more..

Decent work for all

Read more..

Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

Read more..

Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

Read more..

What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

Read more..

Decent work for all

Read more..

Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

Read more..

Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

Read more..

What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

Read more..

Decent work for all

Read more..

Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

Read more..

Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

Read more..

What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

Read more..

Decent work for all

Read more..

Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

Read more..

Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

Read more..

What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

Read more..

Decent work for all

Read more..

Rio+20 and the crisis of sustainable development

Read more..

Addressing the Drivers of the Global Land Grab

Read more..

What is missing in the G-20 agenda?

Read more..

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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Reality, the anti-thesis of ADB’s Water Operation Plan PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 03:11

In March 2013, the Asian Development Bank will be holding its Asia Water Week. During this event, ADB intends to push for recognition and acceptability of its Water Operation Plan 2011-2020 which resonates the policy recommendations of its Green Urbanization Proposal.

 

No longer eulogizing privatization but still singing the same old tune, ADB claims that its experience has proven the effectivity of public-private partnerships (PPP) and corporatization of water services and resources. It writes, “Private capital and private expertise are essential ingredients in closing the water [supply and demand] gap.”

 

Tapping into private expertise entails recourse to market mechanisms, such as pricing for externalities or environmental costs. This is to manage demand and disincentivize wasteful use of water. However, this has only been to the detriment of the poor in most developing countries.

 

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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.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 November 2012 03:06
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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.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 03:15
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Water System Employees' Response/ WATER's Position Paper on the Water Sector Reform Act of 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Water System Employees' Response (WATER)   
Monday, 12 November 2012 09:13

Junk SB 2997! Stop water privatization! Defend our jobs, fight for public service!

A POSITION PAPER ON SENATE BILL 2997 – WATER SECTOR REFORM ACT OF 2012


As public service workers in the various water districts of the country, we acknowledge and welcome the United Nations’ July 28, 2010 General Assembly Resolution declaring that safe and clean drinking water and sanitation is a human right essential to the full enjoyment of life and all other human rights. Worldwide, the picture is bleak as 884 million people are without access to water.

 

The said body calls on governments of the world to scale up efforts in ensuring clean, adequate and accessible water especially in poor countries. The challenge now therefore lies in putting this commitment into concrete actions.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 03:17
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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

Last Updated on Monday, 12 November 2012 08:50
 
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.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 04:23
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