(17 April 2013) “Agua de todos”, the Portuguese groups that are fighting privatization of water in Portugal is nominated for the “BOBS”. This is a German Prize by ‘Deutsche Welle’ for the best social activism online. The winner will be the one that gets the most votes until 7 May. The prize would be a welcome recognition of the tireless efforts of all these groups to stop privatisation of water in Portugal and to protect water as a public good. http://www.aguadetodos.com/
News Splash n° 17: On and around World Water Day (22 March) many events took place across Europe to promote our European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “Water is a human right!” The week was very successful
(21 March 2013) Hundreds of activists will be collecting signatures for the right to water European Citizens Initiative in many countries in the EU on the occasion of World Water Day. More than 1 million citizens have already signed
(20 March 2013) In his speech to the UN the Dutch Prince of Orange calls for an extra effort from States to make the human right to water and sanitation become a reality. He calls in particular for more efforts to reach the Sanitation goal for 2015, which is lagging behind. He explicitly states that access to sanitation is not a kind of charity but a legal right!
As she spoke in Vienna at a conference on the future of water services in Europe, Maude Barlow expressed her support and admiration for the European Citizens’ Initiative and what we have achieved so far. “I am really honoured to be with you today and to support the European Citizens’ Initiative, “Water and Sanitation are a human right.” I have enormous respect for the work you have done collectively as well as the incredible fight back being waged against the terrible austerity programs imposed in individual countries against the best interests of their citizens.
The start of the year of international cooperation for water. We support international cooperation to make the right to water and sanitation become a reality for all! Watch and listen to Ban Ki Moon and join World Water Day in a place near you. (video in English)
(15 March 2013) ARD Monitor did further research on the plans of European Commissioner Barnier to open the market for municipal water services to competition and interviewed right2water campaigners and other involved people in Germany. (video in German) http://www.wdr.de/tv/monitor/sendungen/2013/0314/wasser.php5
(7 March 2013) News Splash n°16: On 11 February, ‘Water is a Human Right!’ made history as being the first European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) to have collected over 1 million signatures in the European Union. This is a great achievement, thanks to all of your efforts