Thursday, 29 July 2010

UN declares clean water a fundamental human right


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Sounds good, and I expect you were surprised that access to clean water wasn't already a fundamental human right.

The UN has declared that access to clean water and sanitation is a fundamental human right.

About 1.5m children under five die each year from water and sanitation-related diseases.

The resolution was passed with 122 nations in favour, none against and 41 abstentions.

But is there more to it than meets the eye? It's one thing desiring access to clean water, it's another thing ensuring it and making it possible.

So how could it be done? Well why not transfer a nations right to another organisation that would make this happen? What about the World Bank, or the IMF? Hold on, haven't those unelected organisations already been involved in liberating the water supply system of a number of countries ( cue Bolivian riots ) ? Hmm.

Utopian dream or back-door neoliberalism? We shall see.

BBC News - UN declares clean water a 'fundamental human right'