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Trude  Torsdag 5. Mars 2009, kl. 16:34

There is now a fierce and deepening political conflict over the 
Ministerial Declaration of the World Water Forum in Istanbul (March 
16-22), mainly around the recognition of the right to water, but also 
about which water policies
are needed to implement the right to water. A bloc of Latin American 
governments is demanding that the Ministerial Declaration should 
recognise the right to water and endorse a number of other progressive 
water policy approaches (water as a public good, water out of trade 
democratisation of water management, public-public partnerships, 
etc.). Another key demand is that the World Water Forum should be 
transferred to the UN system.

During negotiations in Paris that finished yesterday, however, all of 
these demands were rejected, mainly by the US but also by EU 
governments. The EU seems split over the inclusion of the right to 
water; Spain, Germany and Netherlands apparently do support this 
demand (but as far s I know not the others).

It would be very valuable if you could contact 'your' government and 
ask encourage them to support the right to water and the other 
important demands mentioned above. This conflict over the future 
direction of international water policies should also be of interest 
to the media.

The demands drafted by Uruguay, fully supported by Uruguay, 
Ecuador, Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Paraguay, Chile, and apparently 
also Spain (this is not clear) belove. If these demands do not get included 
in the Ministerial Declaration, then these (and hopefully other) 
governments will present it as Complementary Declaration (a form of 


We, the Ministers or our representatives herein signing, declare the 
following before the participants of this Forum, the international 
community and the peoples of the world:

? Access to water with quality, quantity and equity and access to 
sanitation services, constitute fundamental human rights. The States, 
with the participation of the communities, must carry out efforts at 
every level to guarantee this right for their peoples. Therefore, we 
agree to continue to make every effort within the framework of the 
United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and other 
international forums to recognize and ensure this right is made 

? We manifest our profound concern about the possible negative impact 
that any international instrument, such as the Free Trade and 
Investment Treaties, could have on water resources. We reaffirm the 
sovereign right of the peoples to exclude water, in all its uses and 
services, from commercial agreements.

? We reiterate the call on all governments and peoples to convene the 
upcoming VI World Water Forum in the framework of the international 
multilateral system, based on the principles of full participation and 

? States will place priority on the use of water and water supply for 
their populations.

? We exhort the international community to meet the commitments, 
repeatedly made, to support efforts made by countries to ensure access 
to water and sanitation services, promoting agreements and 
public-public cooperation.

? We will promote the declaration of the public dominion of water in 
every arena.

? We ratify what is expressed in ?Charter of Economic Rights and 
Duties of States,? approved by the United Nations General Assembly 
December 12, 1974, which establishes: ?Every State has and shall 
exercise full permanent sovereignty, including possession, use and 
disposal, over all its wealth, natural resources and economic 
activities,? adding that ?In the exploitation of natural resources 
shared by two or more countries, each State must co-operate on the 
basis of a system of information and prior consultation in order to 
achieve optimum use of the resources without causing damage to the 
legitimate interest of others.?

? Those using the service and civil society will participate in all 
water planning, management and control bodies.

? The states and communities will promote public-public cooperation 
processes to make possible participation and exchange, excluding any