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Housing Minister accused of delaying 2016 bill to prevent privatisation of Irish Water

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy “has deliberately sought to delay a bill aimed at ensuring Irish Water remains a public company, the Opposition has claimed.” Sinn Féin TD Eoin O Broin says “we are fed up with the delays, we want to proceed. Absolutely they are seeking to delay this. (…) Mr. Ó Broin expressed his anger with the further postponement of Committee Stage of the Water in Public Ownership Bill that was due to take place tomorrow. ‘The Committee Stage of Water in Public Ownership Bill has been delayed yet again at Minister Murphy’s request. This is clearly a delaying tactic by the government as it clearly does not want a referendum to ensure water services remain in public ownership,’ he said.”

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Long term legislative measures are needed to prevent water privatization

Morena senator and upper house speaker Martí Batres says long term legislative measures are needed to prevent water privatization. “Batres said that although the current federal government will not privatize the resource, measures are needed to prevent future administrations from doing so. According to the lawmaker, commercial exploitation of water has happened without implementing legal reforms at the municipal or state level. Batres cited the water decrees former president Enrique Peña Nieto signed at the end of his term last year as ‘a little heritage of water basin privatizations.’”

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The next phase of the privatisation program will focus on ‘public private partnerships’

The next phase of the federal government’s privatisation program will focus on ‘public private partnerships’ says Alex Okoh, the Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE). Among the first targets: housing. “The new phase targets reforms mostly in the utility and infrastructure sectors which include; water resources, railways airports and highways.” Okoh stated this “when he received a Word Bank delegation led by the Senior Economist (Economics and Private Sector Development), Mr. Volker Treichel which visited the Bureau’s head office in Abuja [and] said this was aimed at correcting the infrastructural deficit in the country.”

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Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2018

"The world is off-track in terms of achieving sustainable development and fundamental policy changes are necessary to unleash the transformative potential of the SDGs.” This is the main message of the Spotlight Report 2018, the most comprehensive independent assessment of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The report was launched on 9 July, the opening day of the High Level Political Forum at the United Nations in New York by a global coalition of civil society organizations and trade unions.

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Water Renationalisation in Cameroon 2018

This briefing was commissioned by Public Services International (PSI) to provide an overview of the re-nationalisation of water supply in Cameroon, which comes into force in May 2018. The briefing covers the following issues. • The history of water privatisation in Cameroon • Workers’ response to privatisation • Public and private performance in terms of expanding access to drinking water • The process of renationalisation • Large privatised construction projects

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Water Justice Toolkit "Public Water for All". Part 3: Public Financing. Ensuring just and sustainable water infrastructure.

The water justice toolkit is the joint effort of organizations and grassroots groups from around the world, that are loosely connected through the global water justice movemen. This document challenges the myths surrounding private financing and outlines some key considerations for community activists and decision makers seeking to promote or protect fair public financing models for water and sanita - tion services. While this document provides an overview of strategies for public financing that are working for local governments around the world, it is clear there is much work to be done globally in order to establish equitable tax regimes to allow for independent self-sustaining public financing models.

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Jakarta Water Labor Union's Rally December 2010

In December 2010, hundreds of water union workers in Jakarta (Indonesia) protested against the privatisation of water services in the city. The workers demanded an end to contracts with private foreign companies Suez and Thames on the grounds that they have not brought their promised investments and service improvements, and have worsened labour conditions for workers.

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