Contents with tag: water
Corporate Accountability International (CAI) and IBON International joined forces in Washington, D.C. this week to challenge the World Bank Group on its role in privatized water utilities.
Last August, ADB released its 2012 Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific with a special chapter on Green Urbanization. In this report, ADB exalts Asia-Pacific’s fast-paced urbanization as compared to other world regions. The report says that, in less than a century, 51% of the region has already been urbanized. This commentary, first posted on the Water for the People Network (W4PN) website, shows that the ADB's celebratory tone about urban progress does not, so to speak, hold water.
Twenty years after Rio 1992, we are nowhere near the future that we want with respect to universal access to water. And our collective future is threatened with the further commercialization of nature. Join Water for the People Network and IBON International in a strategy session on the right to water and sustainability towards Rio+20 and beyond in Hanoi, Vietnam on June 10, 2012.
Water Debate at the World Water Forum
Water justice campaigners and private water operators argued the merits of public and private water provision in a debate titled “Private/Public Involvement in the Provision of Water and Sanitation Services,” held 13 March during the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, France.
With the World Bank’s rhetoric shifting to public-private partnerships (PPPs), we ask, is the partnership in PPPs a “meeting of equals,” or is there an imbalance that allows the other party to manipulate the relationship?