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The right to water is a fundamental human right. No life without water.

PSI General Secretary, Rosa Pavanelli, took the floor at the UN High Level Political Forum during the first global review of SDG 6, water and sanitation, emphasising that, rather than promoting failed PPPs, the SDG process should look at public-public partnerships that are flourishing around the world.

Source: www.world-psi.org

Global Water Justice Movement Challenges World Bank's attempt to promote privatization of water through UN SDG Agenda

On the eve of Earth Day, Global Water Justice and a number of unions (including Public Services International, Food and Water Watch, and the Coalición de Organizaciones Mexicanas por el Derecho al Agua), water justice, and social justice organisations from around the world sent a letter to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon saying they are “are particularly concerned about the strong emphasis on private sector participation and private financing given the overwhelming evidence that privatization has resulted in the inability of governments to ensure the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation for all. In spite of the World Bank continuing to aggressively promote private sector participation in the sector, a 2006 World Bank report concluded: “PPI [private participation in infrastructure] is inherently limited in scope for financing urban infrastructure for the wide array of non-commercial infrastructure services cities need. Local governments need good sources of public finance to fund those services.” So far, the panel is comprised of the nine heads of state of Mexico, Mauritius, Jordan, Senegal, Netherlands, Hungary, Bangladesh, South Africa, and Australia.

Source: canadians.org

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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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Here to stay: Water remunicipalisation as a global trend

A new report called “Here to stay: Water remunicipalisation as a global trend” was released on 13 November 2014 by the Transnational Institute (TNI), Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU) and the Multinational Observatory. The report documents how despite more than three decades of relentless promotion of privatisation and public-private partnerships (PPPs) by international financial institutions and some national governments, the negative experience of water privatisation is leading many policy makers to decide that the public sector is better placed to provide quality services to citizens and to promote the human right to water.

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Remunicipalization: The future of water services? (by David A. McDonald)

This paper develops a typology of different ideological forms of remunicipalization, identifying key stakeholders and the nature of their support, as well as indicating prevalent formats and regional trends. My hypothesis is that remunicipalization will continue in the medium term due to widespread dissatisfaction with privatization, but that differences within the re- municipalization movement, combined with resistance from powerful multilateral actors, may make it difficult to sustain.

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