Skip to content

Water justice groups urge UN to consider human rights impacts of PPPs in report on development cooperation

The Blue Planet Project joined the Transnational Institute, the Municipal Services Project and other allies last week to submit recommendations for an upcoming report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation dealing with the issue of development cooperation. The submission was an opportunity for the water justice movement to highlight our concerns regarding the role of bilateral and multilateral donors in promoting the privatization of water and sanitation services and facilitating corporate water resource grabs.

As noted in the submission, “based on the overwhelming failures of privatization schemes around the world, we call for the suspension of grant and loan programmes, which implicitly or explicitly promote public –private-partnership (PPP) schemes. At the very least, there must be sufficient relevant data collection and independent assessment of existing PPP schemes with adequate access to legal recourse for communities whose rights have been violated by these PPPs.”

Our joint submission also called for the human right water and sanitation to serve as a framework for the implementation of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The full submission can be read here.