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The UN Is Aiding a Corporate Takeover of Drinking Water

July 3, 2011 | By Scott Thill, AlterNet

Billions of dollars are being given out to the most ardent promoters of water privatization.

Early last month, pharmaceutical titan Merck became the latest multinational to pledge allegiance to the CEO Water Mandate, the United Nations’ public-private initiative “designed to assist companies in the development, implementation and disclosure of water sustainability policies and practices.”

But there’s darker data beneath that sunny marketing: The CEO Water Mandate […]

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Letter to UN on 1st anniversary of UN Right to Water Mandate

Defending Water for Life Coordinator Ruth Caplan helped draft this letter to the United Nations. Currently, we and other organizations are gathering signatures. As soon as the signing is complete, we will post the final Letter here on the website…

Letter body:

Esteemed President of the General Assembly, UN functionaries, and State Representatives,

We are writing to express our great appreciation for the gains the United Nations has made in furthering the human right to water, and to highlight some […]

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Action Alert: Join a Global Letter Campaign for Rights Of Mother Earth

We are all part of Mother Earth, an indivisible, living community of interrelated forms. All forms of exploitation, abuse and contamination have caused great destruction to Mother Earth.

Today nature is treated as property under the law. Nature has no standing and therefore, cannot be represented directly in a court of law. Our goal is for nature to have rights just like humans and even corporations have. We want humans and corporations to value nature as a living being in […]

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The Corporate Stranglehold over the United Nations: How Big Business Already Wields Significant Power over the UN Water Agenda

Download PDF: Polaris Institute Report Oct2009 – UN Water Agenda

UPDATE: VICTORY! UN Voting 7/28 on Right to Water

The UN took an historic vote on July 28 when it passed a resolution introduced by Bolivia on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation. Thanks to all who left messages for the Ambassador and/or signed the Credo petition. The resolution got 122 votes in favor, 41 abstentions including the US, and did not get any no votes. The U.S. did not succeed in watering down the resolution, but joined 40 other countries (list below), including Great Britain […]

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