Seminar: Reclaiming Public Water
Seminar: Reclaiming Public WaterWorld Social Forum, Porto Alegre, 28 January 2005
Translation: English, Spanish and French
Attractive and viable alternatives exist both to water privatisation and to failing, bureaucratised state-run water utilities. During this seminar, activists and water utility operators will present examples of how public water delivery can be improved through diverse forms of democratic utility reform. This will be followed by debate about what needs to happen on the local, national and international level to create optimal circumstances for public water to succeed and what the international water justice movement can do to achieve this.
The seminar will also be the launch event for the book Reclaiming Public Water. Achievements, Struggles and Visions from Around the World, written by public utility managers, trade unionists and civil society activists from more than twenty countries.
Alberto Munoz, National Roundtable of the Users and Consumers Union, Argentina
After the seminar, a workshop on follow-up activities will take place in the same room (E203). This workshop will focus on the needs and priorities for joint action identified during the morning seminar.