The seventh Inter-American Dialogue on Water Management (D7) took place last week in Medellín, Colombia. It actually took me by surprise when I received the invitation. Seventh? When, where and with what purpose and focus had the previous six happened? While the D7 web page has some information, it doesn’t include a lot of details.
The “dialogues” started off in 1993, but they haven’t had significant impact; they’re just a communications mode of what we could call the “international water elite”. This elite goes around the world pushing water privatization and mercantilization of nature.
This time around, things got interesting because the local counterpart, Corantioquia, made a great effort to ensure this conference was indeed a dialogue. They made sure to invite a diversity of groups that would not necessarily agree with the mainstream international organizers—and they incorporated participatory methodologies to instigate meaningful discussions.
The Colombian NGOs, community managed water systems and indigenous groups were present to send a message—loud and clear—against water mercantilization and for the human right to water. Read the full article…