(9 January 2014) On 21 November 2013 the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee adopted a resolution on “The human right to safe drinking water and sanitation.” There, all UN member states agreed that the rights to water and sanitation are derived from the right to an adequate standard of living

(20 December 2013) Until today we have received 25 certificates from authorities in Member States that verified our signatures, confirming that we achieved a number of 1.659.692 valid signatures. We have informed the European Commission about this. In January we will hand in these certificates to Commissioner Sefkovic as first successful European Citizens’ Initiative.

(18 December 2013- EPSU Press communication) The President of the Eurogroup, Dutch Finance Minister Dijsselbloem, issued a press release in which he notes his "satisfaction" that Greece has reached a number of milestones as agreed with the Troika

(Brussels 10 December) 10 December is human rights day. We celebrate and remember the struggle of many for human rights and dignity.  The European Citizens’ Initiative “Water is a human right!” ( is proud to be part of that struggle that unites many on our planet

(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 oktober 2013) Tussen 10 september en 23 september hebben wij bijna 1,9 miljoen handtekeningen ingediend voor het eerste succesvolle Europees Burgerinitiatief: ‘Water is een mensenrecht!’ Met deze handtekeningen doen wij een beroep op de Europese Commissie om ‘het mensenrecht op water en sanitaire voorzieningen te implementeren in de Europese wetgeving’.

(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.


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