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Summit against water privatization gathers in Abuja

Global activists, unionists and human rights advocates will meet in Abuja, on 29-30 January for a national summit that aims at achieving the human right to water in Nigeria and around the world. Participants will come from communities around the world which have been directly impacted by the damages caused by private water industry.

Source: PSI

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

Letter to Lagos Governor - Don't privatize public water!

The Lagos government is moving forward with a public private partnership which could result in the privatization of water for millions of people. The French giant Veolia, a transnational corporation with an alarming track record of human rights violations, has already submitted an expression of interest! PSI along with Corporate Accountability International and other partners have circulated a letter in support of the Our Water Our Right coalition in Lagos - to show global support for their opposition to a NEW and IMMINENT privatization threat. PSI has been fighting water privatization in Lagos for several years.

Source: PSI

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Critical Review of Jakarta Water Concession Contract

The process of Jakarta water privatization involved corruption and collusion, to exploit economic profit through the influence of political power. It is not surprising that later the private operators’ performance is not satisfactory. On the other hand, the contract is too advantageous for the private operators: it enables the private operators to gain high profit while being practically free from business risk, enables the performance standard to be flexibly adjusted, puts the water utility into termination trap, and causes prolonged problem of unclear workers’ status. If the current contract is continued, it harms the water utility, workers, and the citizen of Jakarta. Amrta Institute and Public Services International

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