(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.
(23 October 2013) Between 10 September and 23 September we handed in nearly 1.9 million signatures, marking the first successful European Citizens’ Initiative: “Water is a human right!” With these signatures we are calling on the European Commission to “implement the human right to water and sanitation in European legislation”.
(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.
(17 October 2013) Blue October is an international month of action to challenge the corporate control of water and to protect it as a human right and a shared natural resource available to all. The battle to defend water is growing as corporations and governments are trying to expand mining and dam projects, polluting and, more recently, fracking in the planet.
(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.
(11 September 2013)News Splash n°22: On 10 September we stopped collecting signatures for the first successful European Citizens’ Initiative “Water is a human right!”. Nearly 1.9 million citizens have signed the statement of support
(Brussels 10 September) As of yesterday the national branches of the right2water.eu campaign have been handing in the signatures collected to the respective national authorities. We are now demanding that the European Commission to implements the Human Right to water and sanitation in European Union basic legislation.
As thousands of water specialists gather in Stockholm for World Water Week, there will be a lot of discussions around technical and efficient delivery of water but too few conversations on the nature of water as a public and democratic good.
(3 September 2013) Today we surpassed the quorum of signatures for Hungary. In a joint effort by several civil society groups and trade unions we collected over 15.000 signatures in two weeks time in Hungary for our European Citizens' Initiative "Water is a human right!".
(28 August 2013) News Splash n°21: On 9 September we will close the collection of online signatures for our European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “Water is a human right!” In these last few days we will continue our efforts to achieve as many signatures as possible