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European IOPS members, please support the campaign at: http://www.right2water.eu/

Water and sanitation are a human right!

"Water is a public good, not a commodity. We invite the European Commission to propose legislation implementing the human right to water and sanitation as recognised by the United Nations, and promoting the provision of water and sanitation as essential public services for all. The EU legislation should require governments to ensure and to provide all citizens with sufficient and clean drinking water and sanitation. We urge that:

  1. The EU institutions and Member States be obliged to ensure that all inhabitants enjoy the right to water and sanitation.
  2. Water supply and management of water resources not be subject to ‘internal market rules’ and that water services are excluded from liberalisation.
  3. The EU increases its efforts to achieve universal access to water and sanitation.

About our Campaign

All citizens need clean drinking water and quality sanitation. We ask the European Union to guarantee these human rights through the promotion of water supply and sanitation as essential public services for all. These rights must be implemented. Our aim is to collect one million signatures from all over Europe to make this happen.

The European Union should set binding targets for all Member States to achieve 100% coverage of water and sanitation services in Europe. We believe that the European Union should also make a bigger effort towards achieving universal access to water and sanitation outside the European Union. Millions of people are still deprived of these services.

Our goals:

  1. Guaranteed water and sanitation for all in Europe. 
  2. No liberalisation of water services.
  3. Universal (Global) access to water and sanitation.

This campaign is a tool to commit the EU and Member States to implement the human right to water and sanitation. It is a tool to change the mind-set in the European Commission from a market-based approach with the focus on competition to a rights-based approach with the focus on public service. It aims to achieve universal (global) access to water and sanitation and to safeguard the limited public water resources for future generations."

Please read and sign here: http://www.right2water.eu/



Discussion 6 Comments

  • Anarcho com 29th Jan 2013

    Great initiative!
    In Holland we are kind of spoiled with the excellent watersuply and -purification.
    A lot of countries (especcially in rural areas) in Europe don't even have running water, let alone clean water.

    I signed in. Hopefully all IOPS-members will.

  • Zane Hannan 29th Jan 2013

    Another good project:

    Ecocide be the 5th Crime Against Peace.

    Our vision is to end ecocide by 2020: a world that puts people and planet first. Our mission is to ensure the law of Ecocide is fully implemented by 2020. A timeline setting out how we can have an international law of Ecocide in place by 2020 can be found here. A law of Ecocide will halt dangerous industrial activity and empower governments and business to put people and planet first.

    The law of Ecocide has the power to deliver the United Nations Environmental Program’s vision for a green economy. This is a law that is global in remit and local in impact; it will create jobs, build resilient economies and create a legal duty of care upon governments, business and banks.

    A petition for EU citizens to sign:

  • kapil bajaj 31st Jan 2013

    Dear Reiter,
    Thanks to all those who've started this campaign.
    I support it wholeheartedly, even though I am not eligible to sign the petition.
    If EC or some European governments were to recognize water and sanitation as a human right that needs to be placed outside the scope of commercial development, people in countries like India that give in too easily to dictates of corporate power will have a better chance of escaping this madness.
    Governments in India now have about 15 years' history in hatching projects for privatizing provision of water and sanitation -- each of which has been planned and implemented in secrecy and without public participation.
    India's Constitution makes an explicit mention of provision of water and sanitation as a subject that provincial and local governments would deal with -- which means it's the State responsibility and citizen right.
    And yet the central and state governments have been pushing for privatization; the judiciary has been supine in the face of this outrage.
    It's another example of how the neoliberal economic agenda has been undermining democracy, the rule of law and human rights.

  • Zane Hannan 31st Jan 2013


  • kapil bajaj 1st Feb 2013

    Thanks, Zane.
    This is something that I've already discovered, albeit quite recently. I've also seen a TED-ex talk video of Polly Higgins, who's the leading light of the movement to make ecocide a crime against peace.
    I am grateful for this effort and think it's absolutely wonderful.
    I think Polly and her colleagues should next start a global road show to canvass world-wide support, particularly in non-Western countries, and prepare dossiers on at least a dozen disasters like Bhopal gas leak caused by an American corporation -- the worst industrial disaster that the world has ever experienced and still taking its human and environmental toll -- to further bolster this noble effort.
    Maybe, I should drop this suggestion at the eradicating ecocide website.

  • Ian R. 15th Feb 2013

    Thank you Kapil, Zane and Anarcho.

    The goal of the initiative is a public infrastructure and distribution as well as the supply of clean water and sanitation for everybody. Even if there is a good supply network for water, privatization would destroy the general access by increasing the prizes. It happened in many cities around the globe and is still happening (like in greece).

    I also supported the end ecocide initiative and shared the link.