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  1. The future for democratic public water: resistance and alternatives

    Satoko Kishimoto, Leandro Bonecini
    05 April 2018
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    The Alternative World Water Forum - FAMA, held from March 17th to 22nd in Brasilia attracted 7,000 people from almost every state in Brazil. FAMA sent a clear message that it would not engage with the opaque 8th World Water Forum, hosted by the private think-tank World Water Council and its corporate partners. The World Water Council has fostered pro-privatisation policy debates for decades.

  2. Turin: The long march towards water remunicipalisation

    Mariangela Rosolen
    24 January 2018
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    On 9 October 2017, the Turin City Council turned back privatisation and took another step towards the remunicipalisation of its metropolitan water system. And so the city entered the next phase of its long march towards water sovereignty, begun in the aftermath of the Second World War on the ruins of a town half-destroyed by allied bombing and by Nazi/Fascist retaliations against the democratic popular resistance.

  3. One million in Europe sign for water as a public service

    14 February 2013
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    ‘Water is a Human Right’ has made history as being the first European Citizen Initiative to have collected over one million signatures.

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    Water Justice Turkey Declaration

    20 March 2009
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    Peoples Water Forum Declaration

    19 March 2009
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  6. UN declares water and sanitation a human right

    28 July 2010
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    In an historic victory for social movements, the UN declared water and sanitation a human right despite opposition from countries like the US, UK and Canada.

  7. Huancayo: From resistance to public-public partnership

    Philipp Terhorst
    03 April 2008
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    The Andean city of Huancayo has shown that a strong local movement of citizens and workers can expand the struggle against privatisation into reclaiming public water services.
     
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    Workshop: Water Privatisation & Struggles in Asia – in search of alternatives

    People’s Forum on ADB, Kyoto, Japan
    06 May 2007
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  9. Bern the first Blue Community in Europe

    23 September 2013
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    Social justice, environmental, and labour organizations in Europe are applauding the city of Bern for taking a bold new step to protect water as a commons.  

  10. Reclaiming Public Water

    17 August 2006
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  11. Buying back the public, 136 euros at a time

    Mary Ann B. Manahan, Focus on the Global South
    28 March 2012
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     “They can do whatever they want with us but that will be over our dead bodies”.

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    Outcomes of Madrid Reclaiming Public Water seminar

    18 November 2005
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    The seminar participants decided to launch the ‘Reclaiming Public Water’ network in order to strengthen the international voice of those promoting improved public water.

  13. The mirage of public-private water

    Satoko Kishimoto
    14 April 2015
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    Public-private partnerships were heralded as a solution to the millions who still lack access to water, but after two decades the evidence is in: they have failed. An unprecedented surge of cities is now bringing water back under public control.

  14. Reclaiming public water seminar report

    15 March 2010
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    The Reclaiming Public Water (RPW) Network held its first global strategy seminar since the network was launched in autumn 2005. See the inspiring and informative video debate amongst global social movement leaders as they assess progress and challenges in the dynamic international movement to reclaim Public Water.

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    Water: Common Good, Public Management, And Alternatives

    Satoko Kishimoto
    05 December 2008
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    From the 23rd to the 27th of September 2008, water justice activists, public water managers/operators, trade unions and academe from Asian countries met in Chennai, India.

  16. Public Community Partnerships in Peru and Uruguay

    aleksej
    21 March 2011
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    Citizen struggles for public water in Peru and Uruguay share many similarities and a common vision, with "public-community partnerships" bringing trade unions and water utility managers together on a shared platform.

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    Interview with Luis Padron about the public-public partnership for improving water supply in Huancayo, Peru

    11 August 2007
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    The ground-breaking new Public-Public Partnership (PUP) between the Argentinean public water utility Aguas Bonaerenses S.A. (ABSA) and SEDAM, the provincial water utility of Huancayo (Peru) is an important example of the growing trend of not-for-profit cooperation between public utilities from the South.

  19. Building a new public ethos of water

    Timothé Feodoroff
    03 January 2014
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    The neoliberal wave of water privatisation has been pushed back by popular resistance, but corporations are finding new channels to advance their takeover of water, warn water justice activists.

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