The Council of Canadians issued this media release this morning on both Canadian and European newswire services:
Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians chairperson and senior advisor on water to the President of the United Nations General Assembly, says the Harper government's goal of a seat on the UN Security Council should be denied until Canada formally recognizes water as a human right.
Ms. Barlow is currently in Istanbul for the week-long World Water Forum at which government ministers from 120 countries will discuss global water issues.
The Harper government has made securing a seat on the 15-member UN Security Council for the 2011-12 term a top foreign policy priority. The election will take place in October 2010. Canada is vying for this seat against Portugal and Germany, countries which already endorse the right to water.
"Recognizing water as a human right is vital to ensuring that governments address the reality of more than a billion people who are currently without access to clean water," says Barlow.