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CEO Water Mandate spurs mass protest

Author: Bobby Ramakant, in Global Compact Critics, Published on: 16 March 2009

As the 5th World Water Forum (WWF) begins in Istanbul, activists, social movements and non-governmental organizations from Turkey and around the world are holding counter events and actions that directly challenge the legitimacy of the Forum itself. As part of these actions, a group of 118 organizations from 33 countries has signed and issued a letter to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon that calls on him to withdraw his support for the CEO Water Mandate, a corporate driven water initiative under the UN Global Compact that facilitates corporate control of water resources...The Mandate's leading endorsers currently include water bottlers Coca-Cola, Nestlé, and Pepsi, as well as Suez...

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Related companies: Coca-Cola Nestlé PepsiCo Suez