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World Water Forum: NGOs criticise CEO Water Mandate, saying it “facilitates corporate control of water resources”

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16 March 2009

CEO Water Mandate spurs mass protest

Author: Bobby Ramakant, in Global Compact Critics

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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11 March 2009

[PDF] [Letter to Ban Ki-Moon re World Water Forum]

Author: 118 civil society organisations

As the 5th World Water Forum approaches in Istanbul, Turkey, on March 16-22, 2009, we, the undersigned civil society organizations actively engaged in the struggle for water justice throughout the world, are deeply concerned about the contradictory messages coming from the United Nations on the issue of water rights...[T]he UN has, in effect, taken measures to consolidate the rights of for-profit corporations to secure control over the world’s freshwater sources and supplies by harboring the CEO Water Mandate under the UN Global Compact…We, therefore, urge you, Mr. Secretary-General, to issue a statement prior to the World Water Forum…that reaffirms water as a human right and an ecological trust rather than a corporate right. [refers to Coca-Cola, Suez, Nestlé, Unilever, Levi-Strauss, Dow Chemical]

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