AlterNet reports that, "Each (World Water) Forum pretends to be a quasi-United Nations event, to the extent of issuing a Ministerial Statement at the Forum's close promoting global policy approaches to water and sanitation."
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The Ministerial process aimed at producing a declaration on the outcomes of the World Water Forum has just closed. We've just heard that Brazil, Egypt and the US have prevented the right to water from being recognized as a human right. There was a proposal to include an appendix with comments from each country. Shockingly, the chair, a representative of the Turkish government, reported that the Governors of the World Water Council needed to be consulted before an appendix could be added.
Al Jazeera reports from the World Water Forum in Istanbul that, "UN water elder-stateswoman, Maude Barlow, offered her views on the corporate world's relationship with the dwindling water supply. 'Water must be a public trust and belong to everyone. No one should be allowed to appropriate it for private profit while others are dying for the lack of it.' The issues, she said, were conservation and water justice. 'If you are in the 'water business', you cannot move towards those two goals,' she said. (Greg Coch, managing director of Coca-Cola's Global Water Stewardship and Environmental Water Resource Programme) observed afterwards 'It's good to look the enemy in the eye.' It is only day one and already the battle lines are being drawn."
It is with great pleasure that I share the news with you that Stuart Trew has accepted the position of trade campaigner.
CBC reports this afternoon that, "Canada should be denied a seat on the UN Security Council until it recognizes water as a human right, a Canadian adviser to the president of the General Assembly said Tuesday."
The Peterborough Examinder reports this morning that, "City council asked city staff last night to look at what the municipality would have to do to ban the sale of bottled water in municipal facilities. Town Ward Coun. Dean Pappas raised the issue at the end of the committee of the whole meeting...Council agreed to ask staff for a report on the issue..."
The Globe and Mail reports this morning that, "A documentary produced by Vancouver-based Mark Achbar (Manufacturing Consent, The Corporation) won a special environmental award at the European Independent Film Festival (ECU) in Paris on Sunday."
The Council of Canadians issued this media release this morning on both Canadian and European newswire services:
The Council of Canadians issued this media release this morning:
Ottawa / March 16, 2009 - The Council of Canadians is expressing shock and outrage this morning after Turkish police violently attacked a peaceful march by 300 water activists protesting the World Water Forum in Istanbul.
As you may know, the World Water Forum is starting in Istanbul, Turkey today. The Council of Canadians has sent national chairperson Maude Barlow, Blue Planet Project organizer Anil Naidoo and national water campaigner Meera Karunananthan there to speak out against the World Water Forum's water privatization agenda and in support of water as a human right.