Second World Water Forum

NGO MAJOR GROUP STATEMENT TO THE MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE

21ST MARCH, 2000, THE HAGUE

1. The NGO and Trade Union Major Groups, who have signed below, do not accept:

The report of the World Water Commission

The Vision document produced by the World Water Council

We express serious concerns about the process and contents to date of the Framework for Action. Although there are some positive action points and recommendations, such as community-based rights, the mechanisms for integrating them into an overall process are flawed. The process is dominated by technocratic and top-down thinking, resulting in documents which emphasise a corporate vision of privatisation, large-scale investments and biotechnology as the key answers. The process gives insufficient emphasis and recognition of the rights, knowledge and experience of local people and communities and the need to manage water in ways that protect natural ecosystems, the source of all water.

However, we support the process of community-based participation employed for the Vision 21 (Vision for Water for People).

2. If the Global Water Partnership and the World Water Council are to continue, their work must be made accountable and transparent. Their governance must be reconstituted to be more transparent and legitimate. Their work must be regularly reviewed by the United Nations, through the Commission on Sustainable Development, and by the stakeholders themselves.

3. We strongly insist that a clean, healthy environment and access to basic water and sanitation are universal rights, and cannot therefore be negotiated as commodities. Thus, water and water services must be removed from the General Agreement on Trade and Services and the agenda of the World Trade Organisation.

4. We also consider that food and water insecurity is intrinsically linked to the current unfair global trade system, embodied in the WTO rules.

5. Access to information, as a prerequisite for participation in decision-making processes, is a fundamental right. Legal and institutional mechanisms must be put in place for the empowerment of communities to participate at all levels. Access to justice must be guaranteed.

 

6. The key to the sustainable provision of water for life is the maintenance and protection of the ecological integrity of all ecosystems. We call for the adoption and implementation of a restoration agenda for the rehabilitation of degraded ecosystems.

7. We urge a substantial increase in the levels of spending for clean water and sanitation for poor people and communities.

8. Debt cancellation is essential for water security in poor countries.

9. We strongly demand that water and sanitation services are under the control of the local communities and that the benefits stay within the communities. We also demand that the management of these services be participatory and transparent. We reject privatisation, other than in accordance with these principles.

10. The degree to which the gender perspective is mainstreamed must be the determining indicator of the success or failure of all future policies and actions.

11. We want to move forward. We are committed to transparent participatory processes and to work with all stakeholders, to develop pro-poor national strategies and standards for water resources management and services.

 

 

Signed by:

NETWORK OF WOMEN WATER PROFESSIONALS IN SRI LANKA - SRI LANKA

WATER, RESEARCH AND TRAINING CENTRE FOR A NEW BURMA - THE NETHERLANDS

GREENS MOVEMENT OF GEORGIA - GEORGIA

FRIENDS OF THE EARTH - GEORGIA

THE BAREFOOT COLLEGE - INDIA

GLOBAL WATER CONTRACT , QUEBEC SECTION - CANADA

INSTITUTE FOR POPULAR DEMOCRACY - PHILIPPINES

UNHAYAM SHAHOJOGY TEAM - BANGLADESH

ARAB NETWORK FOR ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT - EYGPT

ARAB OFFICE FOR YAOTH AND ENVIRONMENT - EYGPT

MEDITERRANEAN INFORMATION OFFICEFOR ENVIRONMENT CULTURE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

CENTRE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - IRAN

BIOTI CA ECOLOGICAL SOCIETY - REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA

NATIONAL ASOCIATION OF PORFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENTALISTS - UGANDA

EARTHFOREVER FOUNDATION - BULGARIA

ECONET - INDIA

LEISA NEWORK - INDIA

NEOSYNTHESIS RESEARCH CENTRE - SRI LANKA

RAINFOREST RESCUE - ECUADOR

KLUB GAJA - POLAND

CENTRE OF RURAL STUDIES AND DEVELOPMENT - INDIA

NEPAL WATER FOR HEALTH - NEPAL

ACCION FRATERNA ANANTA PUR - INDIA

INDEPENDENT ( JYOTI KRISHNAN) - INDIA

INHURED INTERNATIONAL - INDIA

AFRICAN NETWORK FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE - NIGERIA

GREEN CROSS BURKINA FASO - BURKINA FASO

LET'S HELP THE RIVER- RUSSIA

MOUNTAIN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT GROUP - NEPAL

NATURE TRUST - MALTA

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIES - INDIA

PALESTINIAN AGRICULTURAL RELIEF COMMITTEE - PALESTINE

PALESTINIAN HYDROLOGY GROUP

CENTRO DES ESTUDIOS AMBIENTARES - ARGENTINA

PROPUBLIC - NEPAL

MANAGEMENT AND ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR EMPOWERMENT

AGUA DEL PUEBLO - GUATEMALA

FRIENDS OF NOMADS - KENYA

YEMEN WATER PROTECTION SOCIETY - YEMEN

SOLIDARITY WATER EUROPE

BOTH ENDS - THE NETHERLANDS

UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE - U.K.

UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION - U.K.

INDIAN NETWORK FOR PARTICIPATORY IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT - INDIA

HIND SWARAJ TRUST - INDIA

COALICION RIOS VIVOS - BRAZIL

TALLER ECOLOGICA - ARGENTINA

PSI/UNISON - U.K.

PSI/SOUTH AFRICAN MUNICIPAL WORKERS UNION - SOUTH AFRICA

PSI/COURAGE - PHILIPPINES

PSI/FNU -CUT - BRAZIL

PSI/CUPE - CANADA

COUNCIL OF CANADIANS - CANADA

MAMA86 - UKRAINE

INSTITUTO IPANEMA - BRAZIL

 

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