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(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.

(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.

(15 October 2013) At their September Council Meeting the Wexford County Council passed a resolution to endorse the human right to water and sanitation UNANIMOUSLY.

It was agreed to circulate the Resolution to all local authorities in Ireland for their attention and support

(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.

(18 September 2013) The city of Bern in Switzerland has announced that it will be a “blue community” from now.

A “blue community” is one that adopts a water commons framework by taking the three actions:

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