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Thursday, 28 July 2011

European organisations celebrate anniversary of the right to water

Civil society organisations, collectives and trade unions gather around public water fountains today in Brussels to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the UN General Assembly resolution on the human right to water. 2011 has been an important year for public water in Europe, increased citizen participation has played a major role in the issues of water supply management and wastewater treatment, allowing populations to take a giant step toward re-municipalisation – the process of bringing water under public control. Paris, the birthplace of the French water privatisation model, successfully managed to re-municipalise its water and in one year has reduced its water prices by 8%. […] An Alternative World Water Forum will take place next year in Marseille, France. (www.fame2012.org) The event is being organized by associations, trade unions, citizens and elected representatives from all over the world, with the aim to defend water as a common good and as a fundamental human right.

Source: northcentralpa.com