Alternative World Water Forum

In response to the new privatization attempts, towards the World Water Forum in Brasilia.

Friends of the Earth Latin America and the Caribbean – ATALC.

February 2018.

One month in advance of the start of the Alternative World Water Forum (AWWF), preparations by Brazilian and international organizations are underway with the slogan “water is a right, not a commodity”. The Forum will be held March 17-22 in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, a South American country that suffered in the recent past a coup d´Etat perpetrated by neoliberal right-wing forces led by illegitimate president Michel Temer. In contrast to the impositions and repression experienced today by the people in this Latin American country, the AWWF has been organized as a democratic space that aims to bring together social movements and organizations campaigning in defense of water as a fundamental right for the preservation of life. The purpose of this global call to the AWWF is to join efforts towards the goal of ensuring water becomes a right, especially in those communities that suffer the severity of poverty, social exclusion and war, and for which water is not accessible due to its commodification, driven by the interests of transnational corporations that support a conservative restoration in the region with their economic, political and military power, through coups d´Etat and other strategies of the neoliberal model.

In contrast to the democratic exercise by the social movements getting once again together in the framework of the AWWF –this time in Brazil—to defend water, territories and people, the 8th World Water Forum, organized by the World Water Council with the support of corporations and financial institutions (IFIs), as well as its founder, the World Bank, will further deepen and negotiate regulatory frameworks and policies for water privatization. World Water Forums (WWF) are triennial meetings with the sole purpose of signing contracts to privatize and commercialize the water commons –mere commercial fairs and tools to advance water commodification and financialization that issue international public policy guidelines, allegedly with civil society participation, which are thereafter implemented in the different countries through governmental allies aligned with neoliberalism…

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