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Our last chance on climate?

Sixteen-year old Greta Thunberg from Sweden is inspiring a global movement for collective action on climate change. On March 15, 2019, a Global Climate Strike will see hundreds of thousands of young people in cities around the world join the movement.

Education is not a tradable good

Among different type of private actors involved in education, commercial schools raise specific challenges. Commercial schools have been defined as schools “whose one of the main objectives (though not necessarily unique) is to develop commercial activities out of education services and to defend their own interest to the detriment of the general interest. They consider education as a tradable good, which involves in particular that they intend to extend their activities and model by entering in competition with other education establishments, to increase their turnover, and to increase their profit.” The following page is meant as a monitoring resource page to critically reflect on the development of this type of schools against human rights standards.

Sounding the alarm on dangerous public-private partnerships (PPPs).

Public Services International, EURODAD and other CSO partners jointly urge all those concerned with justice, equality, sustainability and human rights to resist the encroachment of PPPs and to push instead for high-quality, publicly-funded, democratically-controlled, accountable public services. The well-being of our communities and societies depends on it!

Taking back control

Governments must ensure that they act in the best interest of their communities by providing quality public services. The provision of essential services should be their highest priority. Privatisation should only be considered if it has been demonstrated to be in the best interest of communities and the best use of taxpayer funding.

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Our water, our right! NO to privatisation!

Stop Public-Private Partnership agreement between Lagos and foreign private firms - a scam and a ploy to extort the people of Lagos. Nigeria has adopted Sustainable Development Goal 6, that commits governments to ensure that everyone has access to safe water by 2030, and PPP’s undermine this target.

Why is it important

The global water justice movement is building momentum worldwide, from the unfolding remunicipalisation in Indonesia to water profiteer Veolia losing contracts and investors like the World Bank’s private arm. Public Services International, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) is working with the labour community, international partners, and the people of Lagos to build democratic water governance and support the new Lagos governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, in rejecting corporate control of water in the African continent’s largest city.

The accelerating campaign in Lagos is part of a growing movement for strong, democratically controlled water systems across Africa and around the world, demanding that water be managed as a public good and fundamental human right.

Many of you signed a recent letter regarding a draconian environment bill which with your support, we won! The problematic measures we opposed were removed from the environment bill. However, the Lagos government is moving forward with a public private partnership which could result in the privatization of water for millions of people. And the French giant Veolia, a transnational corporation with an alarming track record of human rights violations, has already submitted an expression of interest! In other words, despite our victories, Lagos is again at the brink of privatization and we need your help.

As we mark this global event, the Nigerian government must now stop sloganeering and join the rest of the world in taking the responsibility of protecting the environment and nature from the abuse of corporations.

AKINBODE OLUWAFEMI, ERA/FOEN DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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A Company At The Center Of Flint’s Water Crisis Is On The Shortlist To Serve Millions In Africa

In Lagos, Veolia is being considered alongside three other companies for the flagship Adiyan II contract, per the Lagos Water Corporation, which would hand over almost two-thirds of the city’s water system to the winning bidder. Veolia, which is the world’s largest water company, is under investigation in at least three different countries, including an complaint filed by the state of Michigan for its role in overlooking contaminants in Flint’s pipes and making the situation worse. “They have a history of poisoning black communities in the US, and they should not be poisoning the largest African city on the continent,” one activist said. [BuzzFeed News]

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Lagos Water crisis: Alternative roadmap for public water sector

This publication points the way out of the water crisis in Lagos. It reviews the impact and reasons for the failure of the current water system, providing models from around the world for adaptation to the Lagos context, and makes specific recommendations that can be implemented by the Lagos State Government and Lagos State Water Corporation over the short and long term. This way forward will ensure a well-functioning, democratically governed water system in Lagos. This report is a joint effort by the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria, Corporate Accountability International, Public Services International (PSI), Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU) and Transnational Institute (TNI).

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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.

Troubled Waters: Misleading industry PR and the case for public water

Emanuele Lobina of the PSI Research Unit (PSIRU) and author of a new report "Troubled Waters", commissioned by Corporate Accountability International, argues private water companies could spell disaster for the city's water system This report discusses the role played by misleading public relations in the attempts of water multinationals Veolia and Suez to expand their market share in the USA.

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