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A Report Back from the World Water Forum

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A protestor at a demonstration against the World Water Forum in Istanbul, Turkey in March 2009.   Source: Jeff Conant

A protestor at a demonstration against the World Water Forum in Istanbul, Turkey in March 2009. Source: Jeff Conant

One billion people lack access to safe drinking water, and at least thirty one countries are now facing water scarcity. Those are some of the problems that corporate ministers and government officials converged on Istanbul to talk about last March. Or was it? On this edition, we’ll hear from organizers who are working for the right to water on a global level. They tell us about the failures of private water management, and alternatives to corporate control.

Featuring:

Jeff Conant, Food and Water Watch International research and communications coordinator; Margarita Lopez, Union of Public Service Workers in Colombia president; Mary Ann Manahan, Focus on the Global South research associate; Al-Hassan Adam, Africa Water Network coordinator; Maude Barlow, The Council of Canadians National chairperson; Winona Hauter, Food and Water Watch executive director.

For more information:

Africa Water Network

Focus on the Global South

Food and Water Watch

Union of Public Service Social Workers of Colombia

World Water Council

Additional Information:

World Water Forum

Peoples Water Forum

Encyclopedia of Earth article on ‘Water Governance’

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