Da Nuova Dehli a Barcellona, dall’Argentina alla Germania, migliaia di politici, dirigenti pubblici, lavoratori, sindacati e movimenti sociali rivendicano o creano servizi pubblici per soddisfare i bisogni primari della gente e rispondere alle sfide ambientali.
Every day public banks are developing new and innovative ways of financing a green transformation. This issue brief explores the lessons from two public banks, one in Costa Rica and the other in Germany.
Reclaiming Public Services is vital reading for anyone interested in the future of local, democratic services like energy, water and health care. This is an in-depth world tour of new initiatives in public ownership and the variety of approaches to deprivatisation.
Barcelona, 22 de marzo, Día Mundial del Agua – Frente a las carencias de la privatización, ciudades y ciudadanía en Cataluña se han movilizado para recuperar el control público y democrático de los servicios del agua, mejorando la calidad y accesibilidad de estos.
Barcelona, March 22, World Water Day – Confronted with the failings of water privatisation, cities and citizens of Terrassa and Barcelona, in Catalonia, have moved to return water services to public and democratic control, improving their quality and accessibility.
While water privatisation continues to be imposed throughout the world, particularly in the Global South, more and more communities are demanding public management of water and wastewater services and forcing out private actors. On World Water Day we bring you 10 inspiring stories of communities and cities working to reclaim control over this essential resource.
La privatización del agua se sigue expandiendo a gran velocidad por todo el mundo, en especial en el Sur Global. Las luchas contra la privatización también se están intensificando, ya que las tarifas no dejan de aumentar pero las mejoras prometidas no llegan a materializarse. Cada vez son más las comunidades que reivindican una gestión pública de los servicios de agua y que imponen la salida de los actores privados. Muchas de estas luchas se encuentran en pleno proceso. Con motivo del Día Mundial del Agua, nos gustaría compartir 10 historias inspiradoras de comunidades y ciudades de todo el mundo que están pugnando por recuperar el control de este recurso esencial para la vida.
World leaders are at the UN Climate Talks (COP22) this week. Developing real solutions to climate and energy challenges will require imagination, determination and inspiration. Inspiration may come from the many cities, communities and even countries that are working hard to make the energy sector democratic, equitable and based on renewable sources.
The absence of over 70 percent of international delegates, denied temporary visa by the Canadian government, overshadowed the World Social Forum. Despite this saddening fact TNI's team managed to host and participate in a broad and diverse range of discussions, workshops and activities, for instance in the convergence space of “People and Planet before Profit. Moving away from Free Trade and Extractivism to Dismantle Corporate Power”.
At UN meetings in Addis Ababa, private finance has been touted as key to achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals, but campaigners argue that public finance is more reliable and more likely to secure the human right to water for all.
While TTIP is currently attracting the most attention, more trade agreements are looming. In July, world leaders holed themselves up in back rooms to discuss TiSA, an extensive service agreement intended to put (public) services, like the water supply, in the hands of the international market.
Already subjected to the consequences of the European and Greek debt crisis and the resulting austerity measures, privatisation will continue to hit Thessaloniki hard. In a referendum the people voted overwhelmingly against water privatisation. While their struggle continues, they look upon the crisis as an opportunity to intensify the search for democratic alternatives.