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Publications (40)

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Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation

A common narrative in the human rights community is that human rights are neutral towards the type of water and sanitation provision and provider. The present report challenges this narrative. In the report, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, Léo Heller, starts from the premise that specific risks to the enjoyment of the human rights to water and sanitation in situations of privatization exist, and that the exploration of the legal, theoretical and empirical dimensions of these risks is necessary and relevant.

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Re-empowering Public Services in a time of COVID-19

Extract from the civil society report Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2020. Frontline public service workers continue to receive praise and support for their vital role in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Yet these underfunded public services and brutal working conditions are not inevitable. They are the result of decades of the neo-liberal ideology choices : deliberate erosion of our public services through budget cuts, privatization and understaffing.

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Declaración de rechazo al injusto reclamo de la empresa multinacional Suez contra el Estado y el pueblo de Chile

Las organizaciones firmantes rechazan el injusto reclamo de la empresa multinacional Suez contra el Estado de Chile en respuesta a la decisión tomada por el gobierno en agosto de 2019 de abrir un proceso de suspensión de caducidad para finalizar el contrato de concesión de su subsidiaria, la ESSAL debido al desastre sanitario causado por esta empresa en la ciudad de Osorno en julio de 2019, cuando debido a las condiciones precarizadas de operación de sus sistemas y de trabajo de su personal se produjo un derrame de petróleo en la planta de agua potable de Caipulli, que contaminó al río Rahue y provocó un inmediato corte del suministro que afectó a casi 150 mil personas, la mayor parte de la población.

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30 años de neoliberalismo en Chile: la privatización de los servicios públicos

Realizado por la ISP en alianza con la Fundación NodoXXI, la publicación demuestra cómo la pandemia ha dejado al descubierto el error de años de privatizaciones, desmantelamiento y desfinanciación de los servicios públicos en uno de los países donde el neoliberalismo más ha avanzado en la región, y donde ha posibilitado la subordinación de la vida social a las exigencias del mercado.

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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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The Privatised Water Industry in the UK. An ATM for investors

This paper aims to critically evaluate the privatised water & sewage industry in England. We find that the public-owned sector in Scotland delivers the service just as efficiently, albeit at a lower cost to consumers. Our econometric analysis suggests that the 40% increase in real household bills since privatisation was mainly driven by continuously growing interest payments on debt, contrary to the regulator attributing them to growing costs and investments. Finally, we show that the accelerating debt levels are primarily the result of disproportionate dividend pay-outs, which exceeded the privatised companies’ cash balances in all but one year since 1989. We conclude that the way the industry operates may no longer be sustainable and seems to disadvantage consumers greatly without their knowledge, as there is a fog of misleading statements by the companies and the regulator.

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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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THE CHARLEVOIX G7 SUMMIT COMMUNIQUE

The Group of Seven (G7) is an informal grouping of seven of the world’s advanced economies consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The forum offers an opportunity for G7 Leaders, Ministers and policy makers to come together each year to build consensus and set trends around some of today’s most challenging global issues.

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The sale of Palyja and Aetra: The two companies that supply drinking water in Jakarta

Since 1997, the supply of drinking water in Jakarta has been entrusted to two private operators — PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya (Palyja) and PT Aetra Air Jakarta (Aetra). Palyja, whose majority of shares are owned by the French company Suez Environment, manages the water distribution in the West and South of Central Jakarta, while Aetra, owned to 95% by Singapore-based Acuatico, handles the Eastern and Northern parts of Central Jakarta.

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From state to system: Financialization and the water-energy-food-climate nexus

From state to system: Financialization and the water-energy-food-climate nexus (by Jeremy J. Schmidt, Nathanial Matthews). The water-energy-food-climate nexus has risen rapidly in global water governance over the past decade. This article examines the role of global financial networks in articulating the nexus and in connecting it to sustainability programs. It provides new insights into critical engagements with the nexus that, to date, have focused predominantly on water security and governance.