Access to Clean Water is Most Violated Human Right
Less than a month ago, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared that access to safe and clean water was to be included as a Human Right. According to the UN, almost 900 million people worldwide do not have access to clean water.
According to Maude Barlow, who chairs the boards of the council of Canadians and Washington-based Food and Water Watch, tell us how Unless the UN acts, the private sector will appropriate supplies and the poor will suffer.
In the article on The Guardian, the numbers are alarming:
- Nearly 2 billion people live in water-stressed areas of the World.
- 3 billion have no running water within a kilometre of their homes.
- Every eight seconds a child dies of a waterborne disease, in every case preventable if their parents had money to pay for water.
- A new World Bank reports says that by 2030, global demand for water will exceed suplí by more than 40% a shocking prediction that foretells of terrible suffering.
As the author states, this resolution may well change everything, if acted upon: “The fact that water is not now recognized as a human right has allowed decision-making over water policy to shift from the UN and governments to institutions such as the World Bank, the World Water Council and the World Trade Organisation, which favour market solutions.”
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