October 13, 2009
Project Censored Top 25 Unreported Stories of 2009: FWW and Global Water Justice Movement Make the Cut!
Every year, Project Censored publishes a ranking of the top 25 most deserving stories that go unreported in the U.S. mainstream media. I’m pleased to share the news that this year’s list pays tribute to the increasingly successful work of the global water justice movement (“Activists Slam World Water Forum as a Corporate-Driven Fraud”). While the forum only takes place once every three years, our ongoing campaign to expose the corporate bias that underlies the World Water Council (WWC), the group that sponsors the forum, is a full-time endeavor here at Food & Water Watch.
Led by executives from major multinational water companies, the WWC tries to present the image of a fair and balanced multi-stakeholder body–one well suited for setting global water policies. In reality, it hosts the forum to push its pro-privatization agenda. Rumor has it that due to the work of the global water justice movement, the WWC is running damage control, and is expected to soon replace leadership with a puppet one from academia or pro-corporate non-profits. Replacing its leaders won’t fool anyone—we already know who runs the show.
This week in Marseille, the WWC will hold its Annual General Meeting and we hear that in an attempt to legitimize its image, it will invite up to 6 seats from United Nations (UN) agencies to join its Board of Governors.
In response, members of the global justice movement are collecting signatures for a letter advocating that the UN host all future water forums and opposing UN participation in the WWC Board of Governors. Signatures are being collected until October 13th so time is short. Please add your voice to support water for people, not for profit.
The folks at Project Censored couldn’t have better timing since around the world, Blue October is being celebrated in honor of Uruguay’s constitutional adoption of the human right to water in October 2004. To learn more and to see a global calendar of events, check out the Blue October website.
Congratulations to all who fight for water justice around the world!