News splash nr. 3 : Nu 1 april met rasse schreden nadert, zijn de voorbereidingen voor de indiening van het Europees burgerinitiatief (EBI) “water en sanitaire voorzieningen zijn een mensenrecht” in volle gang.

EPSU Press communication - (22 March 2012) World Water Day – Launch of the website  for European Citizen Initiative “Water is a Human Right not a commodity”

(19 March 2012) In a well attended side event that was co-hosted by EPSU, CUPE and Unison, the public sector and civil society view on the implementation of the human right to water and sanitation came in focus.

Call to action for the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation

We, the undersigned organizations, are deeply concerned that the 6th World Water Forum
plans to adopt a Ministerial Declaration that fails to commit States to the realization of the
human right to safe drinking water and sanitation. The 6th World Water forum is held under
the slogan “It’s time for solutions and commitments.” Yet the draft Ministerial Declaration falls
short of commitments that virtually all UN Member States have already made.

News Splash nr. 2 : In de aanloop naar het eerste Europees burgerinitiatief voor de implementatie van het mensenrecht op water en sanitatie zoeken de Europese vakbonden in de publieke sector en EPSU steun bij en sluiten bondgenootschappen met alle geledingen van de maatschappij.

News Splash nr. 1 : Op 1 april zal het eerste Europese burgerinitiatief met betrekking tot water worden gelanceerd door een burgercomité, met volledige steun van de Europese federatie van vakbonden in de publieke sector. In alle Europese landen bereiden onze zusterbonden zich, samen met hun maatschappelijke partners, voor op een campagne voor de implementatie van het mensenrecht op drinkwater en sanitatie.

On March 4 the Platform against the privatization of the Canal Isabel II and the 15-M Movement organized a popular consultation in the region of Madrid to vote over the privatization of the Canal Isabel II [the only existing canal in Spain]. This popular consultation had over 166.000 people voting. 165.000 voting to keep the company 100% in public hands and 1227 people voting against.

Professor Mildred Warner says public water boards with local leadership and input offer the best model for helping developing countries improve their water quality and delivery. European public utilities have proven to be important partners in helping counterparts in developing countries.

When the European Commission launched an investigation early this year into possible price fixing by French water utilities, the move added ammunition to campaign groups that oppose privatisation of a vital public resource.
A new report challenges the notion that corporations can deliver better service, leading to calls to roll-back liberalisation of water services in Europe and beyond.

On the occasion of Human Rights Day EPSU called for attention to the implementation of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation.

In 2010 this right was recognised in the United Nations General Assembly. Although many European countries abstained in the final vote, the right is being recognised in most of the EU. The Human Right to Water and Sanitation entitles everyone to accessible, affordable and sufficient water and sanitation that meets the international standards for quality.

Wednesday 14 March, 13h15 – 14h15, room PEu 2, Palais de l’Europe In the past year, two resolutions at the United Nations have reaffirmed the human right to water and sanitation for all people around the world.


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