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"Big water companies quit poor countries" - article in Guardian (UK) on UN's 2nd World Water Development Report

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22 March 2006

Big water companies quit poor countries

Author: John Vidal, Guardian [UK]

Millions of people could have to wait years for clean water as some of the world's largest companies pull out of developing countries because of growing doubts about privatisation projects...says the UN's second world water development report...The report cites Thames Water leaving Shanghai, Saur [part of Bouygues] leaving Mozambique and Zimbabwe, and Suez downsizing in Latin America and Africa...The UN report, which urges private firms to partner local authorities or governments, says the trend of privatisation is now reversing and that local and small-scale water companies are mushrooming.

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1 March 2006

The 2nd UN World Water Development Report: 'Water, a shared responsibility'

Author: World Water Assessment Programme, UNESCO

[short abstracts of each chapter provided: Living in a Changing World; The Challenges of Governance; Water and Human Settlements in an Urbanizing World; The State of the Resource; Coastal and Freshwater Ecosystems; Protecting and Promoting Human Health; Water for Food, Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods; Water and Industry; Water and Energy; Managing Risks: Securing the Gains of Development; Sharing Water; Valuing and Charging for Water; Enhancing Knowledge and Capacity; Case Studies: Moving Towards an Integrated Approach]

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