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News :: Education : Environment : Globalization : Human Rights
Sept 22-24: Our Communities, Our Water
21 Sep 2006
Equitable access to sufficient, safe, affordable water (human right to water) is a key problem facing our communities, whether the water services are public or private. This workshop hopes to address the gap in the existing legal framework - neither Canada nor the US recognize the international obligation of the human right to water. Should communities establish local laws that will implement minimum rates for the "40-60 liters / day / person" right to water, a ban on water shutoffs, democratic participatory decision making for water rates (affordability), quality (safe water) within their utility? What might be effective strategies for a local initiative?
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SEPT 22-24, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

GOALS:

- To connect grassroots activists and water utility workers to share information on work strategies and activism struggles against municipal water privatization, bottled water campaigns, and bulk exports;

- To create understanding of how the links work between local, national & international water privatization;

- To build an understanding of how and where to frame / organize / coordinate around municipal water privatization- given differing international, national, state and local legislations;

- Map out clear action plans for future collaborations and build a regional support network.

For a speaker list and registration information, visit the Mass Global Action web site.
See also:
http://www.massglobalaction.org/home/conf-2006-3q/index.htm

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