News splash nr.3 : Acum că doar 10 zile ne despart de 1 aprilie, pregătirile pentru prezentarea Iniţiativei cetăţeneşti europene (ICE) “apa şi  salubritatea sunt un drept al omului” sunt  în plină desfăşurare

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.

Buletin de stiri nr. 2: Pe drumul către lansarea Iniţiativei Cetăţenilor Europeni pentru implementarea dreptului omului la apă şi salubritate, sindicatele din serviciile publice şi EPSU caută sprijin şi formează alianţe cu toate segmentele societăţii civile. Această Iniţiativă a Cetăţenilor Europeni ii priveşte pe toţi cetăţenii, nu doar pe lucrători. Studiile arată că cele mai multe persoane care nu beneficiază de servicii bune de apă si salubrizare sunt femei.

News Splash 1 : La 1 aprilie, prima iniţiativă a cetăţenilor europeni privind apa va fi lansată de către Comitetul de cetăţeni pe deplin susţinută de către Federaţia Europeană a Sindicatelor din Serviciile Publice

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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