(Brussels 10 December) 10 December is human rights day. We celebrate and remember the struggle of many for human rights and dignity. The European Citizens’ Initiative “Water is a human right!” (www.right2water.eu) is proud to be part of that struggle that unites many on our planet
(4 December 2013) At the moment the World Trade Organisation is trying to revive negotiations on global trade agreements in Bali. The EU is negotiating trade agreements with Canada and the US. We think that trade should be about exchange, with ecologically and culturally distinct regions equitably sharing their products, skills and creativity
(25 November 2013) EPSU, PSI and several NGOs have written to Andris Piebalgs (EU Commissioner for Development) to express concern about the future of EU support for non-profit partnership projects in the water sector in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries
(19 November 2013) Sanitation and water are central to human and environmental health. It is essential for sustainable development, dignity and opportunity. World Toilet Day is an opportunity to highlight this important topic.
(6 November 2013) The German Coalition partners SPD (social-democrats) and CDU (Christian-democrats) agreed on the main elements of Europe policy. One of the issues was water: the parties agreed to block any attempt by the European Commission to push for the privatisation of municipal water supply.
(5 November 2013) The Lithuanian government has approved the main provisions of the new law on water. According to Lithuania's Minister of Environment: Valentinas Mazuronis, only municipal companies will be able to supply water. As a result, water price will be reduced.
(24 October 2013) From October 8-11 the Budapest Water Summit took place, organized by the Hungarian government and the United Nations in partnership with the World Water Council (WWC), the corporate-led “multi-stakeholder” forum and private think-thank involved in organizing the controversial World Water Forum. The Summit aimed at feeding into the post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda of which Hungary plays a key role as co-chair of the Open Working Group at the United Nations.
Entre el 10 y el 23 de septiembre hemos presentado cerca de 1,9 millones de firmas, lo que constituye el primer éxito de la Iniciativa Ciudadana Europea: “El agua es un derecho humano”. Mediante estas firmas reclamamos a la Comisión Europea “la aplicación dentro de la legislación europea del derecho humano al agua y el saneamiento”.
Para conmemorar el éxito de esta ICE se han organizado numerosos tipos de eventos. Para ver las imágenes, visite:
(22 October 2013) It had been billed as a summit to push for universal access to water, but attending the Budapest Water Summit held last week felt like grasping at a mirage of water in a desert. The slogans and appearance were attractive, but held no prospect of delivering the human right to water for all.
Octubre Azul es un mes internacional de acción por el agua para combatir la privatización de este recurso y protegerlo como derecho humano y como bien común. La batalla por la defensa del agua va en aumento conforme empresas y gobiernos buscan expandir proyectos mineros, presas, contaminación y, recientemente, la fractura hidráulica por todo el planeta. Es por esta razón hemos decidido dedicar el Octubre Azul de este año a la defensa de las fuentes de agua.
(24 September 2013) Stefan Pfeiffer, who is doing a pilgrimage by walking from North Cape in Norway to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, passed the halfway milestone. He walked for nearly three month and over 3400 kilometres. With another three months and 3200 kilometres to go he expects to arrive in Santiago by Christmas 2013.