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Press Releases: AllPress Releases Found: 969
March 19, 2009
Press Release: Senior Advisor to the United Nations General Assembly and Food & Water Watch Board Chair Maude Barlow, along with advocates from an international coalition on water justice issues, today denounced the World Water Forum‚ position on water privatization and defended public access to clean, safe water as a human right. Conceived as a counter-event to the World Water Forum, today‚ protest opposed the forum‚ support of the privatization of municipal water systems and urged the United Nations to take a greater role in delivering water to populations in developing nations.
Press Release: International water justice activists converged at the People‚ Water Forum today to affirm the human right to water and present diverse visions of existing public and community-led water management practices that protect water for people and nature, and can ensure water access for all regardless of their ability to pay.
Press Statement: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development‚ (OECD)‚ new report Managing Water for All recycles the same tried and failed market-based solutions to the problem of ensuring, as the UN recognized in 2002, ‚The human right to water is indispensable for leading a life in human dignity.” While the OECD recognizes the dire scope of the problem and the additional climate change risks going forward, the report fails to provide new leadership on these vital questions. The OECD promotes several dubious solutions to the lack of access to drinking water faced by 1 billion people and sanitation services faced by 2.5 billion people.
March 18, 2009
Press Release: Food & Water Watch, a consumer advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., today called on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Obama Administration to recognize water as a human right and to assert new leadership in global water policy. U.S. representatives recently played a key role in removing language from the 5th World Water Forum ministerial declaration that supported the human right to water.
March 17, 2009
Food & Water Watch Opposes Decision Denying Trenton Citizen Participation in the Future of Their Water
Press Statement: ‚Sadly, a New Jersey state judge yesterday invalidated a Trenton citizen petition that would have opened the door to residents voting on whether to put part of the city‚ drinking water system into private hands.
Press Release: Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy organization, today testified before California‚ Senate Food and Agriculture Committee in support of Senator Dean Florez‚ legislation to ban ‚nontherapeutic” uses of antibiotics in livestock production by 2015.
March 16, 2009
Press Statement: Earlier today, Turkish police violently attacked a peaceful protest by water activists convened to oppose the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul. Protesters were assaulted with rubber bullets, water cannons and gas and a number of them were arrested. Food & Water Watch denounces the appalling actions of the Turkish police and sees them as sadly emblematic of the undemocratic nature of the World Water Forum.
March 12, 2009
Press Release: Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., will co-sponsor a series of events across the country in observance of Water Justice Week on March 14-22 to call attention to global water justice issues. The activities will take place in Los Angeles, Calif.; New York, N.Y.; Washington, D.C.; Portland, Maine; and Portland, Ore., among other cities, and will promote water as a public trust and a basic human right, and educate the public about the negative effects of water privatization.
Food & Water Watch and International Coalition to Protest Corporate Control of Water Systems at World Water Forum in Istanbul
Press Release: Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, along with Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians and representatives of the Latin American network Red VIDA, the Asian organization Focus on the Global South, and many global allies, will protest the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul, Turkey, next week, March 16-22. The organizations are members of an international coalition that has come together to protest the World Water Forum‚ stance on water privatization and to defend the human right to water.
March 11, 2009
Press Release: Today, in honor of ‚Know Your Milk” Day, Food & Water Watch , a national consumer advocacy organization , kicked off its nationwide School Milk Campaign by announcing a coalition of over 100 organizations that are working to secure healthy milk for schoolchildren participating in the National School Lunch Program.